When Tom was elected to the legislature in 2014 he became the only Iraq War Veteran to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives. He won his first state house race by only 148 votes in one of the closest elections in Michigan that year. In his first term he was appointed Chairman of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs (a rare opportunity for a freshman legislator). He introduced legislation to repeal the pension tax, supported efforts to reduce auto insurance rates, and fought tirelessly for our veterans, introducing six bills that were signed into law that help Michigan veterans. In addition, Tom was instrumental in investigating concerns and adding accountability at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, where an audit had exposed abuse, neglect, and cover-up. Tom went on to win reelection in 2016 by more than 5,000 votes.