Tom was appointed by Governor Jim Gibbons and reappointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to the Nevada Department of Transportation Board of Directors as the District III representative. He was responsible for a large portion of Nevada’s rural highways and Interstate 80 from Pershing County to Nevada’s eastern border at Wendover. He worked with his counterparts in Districts I and II to guarantee federal and state road funds were distributed equitably for the benefit of all who transit our highways, whether residing in or visiting the Silver State.
While serving on the Nevada Association of Counties Tom was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Interstate Region comprising 15 western states, including Alaska and Hawaii. While serving in that capacity Tom drafted and sponsored several resolutions regarding local government, and participated and collaborated on states rights issues involving public land and natural resources regarding:
- The Wild Horse and Burros Act of 1971
- The Equal Access to Justice Act
- The Sage Grouse Management and Recovery Plan
- Stopping the ongoing reduction of AUMs
- Restoring grazing levels to conform with the original intent of the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934
- Using livestock an an effective tool to control cheatgrass and other wildfire fuels
- Fighting to protect mining from unnecessary regulation through the Surface Disturbance Clause 3809
- Opposing unneeded and extreme changes to the Mining Law of 1872
Tom served on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Public Lands Steering and the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) Public Lands and Natural Resources Committee. He is committed to protecting Nevada’s mining and ranching interests from ongoing threats of over-regulation by federal agencies and has insisted that local government have a seat at the table as a cooperating and collaborating agency when decisions are made on the “public lands.” He strongly supports an expedited permitting process to prevent unnecessary bureaucracy and put Nevadans to work in high paying, long term employment. He advocates for the expedited transfer of lands dedicated for disposal back to private ownership securing a healthy resource for the Nevada tax base and a positive economic potential. He is a staunch protector of northern Nevada water when it comes to interbasin transfers and insists that northern Nevada water stays in northern Nevada. He fought for continued public lands access through the mapping of RS2477 roads and the multiple use concept. He fought hard for full funding of federal receipts payable to Nevada counties for the loss of property taxes on federal lands within the jurisdiction of Nevada’s 17 counties. PILT payments are an obligation not subject to negotiation. We all must pay our bills. The federal government is no exception.
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.