Tom was appointed to serve several years on the State Land Use Planning Advisory Council (SLUPAC). He chaired that committee in 1997 and 1998. He returned to the council in 2002 and was an avid supporter of Question One enacted by voter referendum to grant local entities state monies for conservation and recreation purposes.
Tom is a life-long Republican dedicated to fiscally conservative, common sense government by the people and for the people. He was proud to act as chairman of the Reagan Bush 84 campaign in Humboldt County. He continues to promote those fundamental political principles of transparency, fairness and integrity.