Tom is a family man with two-year-old twins. He is concerned for them and other citizens of Connecticut about the future of our state. He believes in good government and is a strong advocate for ordinary citizens having more of a voice at our Capitol where he believes insiders and special interests have far too much influence. Tom is a good listener who knows how to bring people together to solve problems.
In 2010, he ran for Governor and lost by only 6,400 votes, or 0.5% of the total. Before that, he spent 30 years as a business owner and executive and served twice in government where he worked for the Department of Defense and Department of State. He started his business from scratch and made his own way, forming NTC Group in 1985 to acquire under-performing businesses and turn them around. He will use the same expertise and problem-solving skills he learned in business to get Connecticut headed in a more promising direction.
Tom served in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 where he was in charge of restoring Iraq’s economy. For his service in Iraq he earned the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award. He served in Dublin, Ireland as U.S Ambassador from 2006 to 2009. Having served in government twice, Tom understands what government can – and can’t – do.
Throughout Tom’s career he has been involved in charitable causes focused on improving educational opportunities for children. Tom’s wife, Leslie, is an attorney who has worked in the White House and in corporate practice. In addition to his two year old twins, Grace and Reed, he has a son Tom, Jr. who is in college.