He is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, and earned a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas.
He served in the United State Navy during the Vietnam War for four years. He later served in the United States Air Force National Guard for three years.
He was elected mayor of Nampa in December of 2001. He was elected by his peers as the President of the Association of Idaho Cities. Prior to being elected to the position of Mayor, Tom served on the Nampa City Council for 6 years.
He has been a member of the Kiwanis for 18 years and is a member of the NRA.