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Tom Cullerton is a father, husband, veteran and dedicated public servant. Tom lives in Villa Park with his wife Stacey, where they are raising their three sons. Currently, Tom serves as State Senator for the 23rd Legislative District.
He won his seat by unseating a 24-year Republican incumbent in 2012. Tom is a proud union member, and prior to his election to the Illinois State Senate he worked as a route salesman for Hostess Brands.
Being from a working class family, Tom understands firsthand the challenges the working families in the 23rd State Senate District face on a daily basis. Tom is undoubtedly one of the strongest voices for middle-class families in the Illinois Senate.
Over the last decade Tom Cullerton has dedicated his life to public service and volunteerism. In 2005, Tom was elected as a Villa Park Trustee, and because of his thoughtful leadership his community subsequently elected him as Village President in 2009.
Tom took office as Village President during the height of the recent economic recession. Tom was able to lead his team in Villa Park to an improved financial position without cutting essential services or layoffs of rank-and-file workers.
Tom is also a veteran of the United States Army who served as an 11H TOW Gunner and combat medic until being honorably discharged in 1993. His military service has informed his career in public office.
Tom has led efforts improve the lives of veterans in the legislature. Tom has sponsored legislation that set up a Suicide Prevention Task-Force for veterans and streamlined processes for disabled veterans to receive their handicap placards.
In addition to his military service and public service record, Tom is involved in Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, Citizen’s Police Academy, and the Villa Park Chamber of Commerce.
He also coached several of his children’s sports teams and volunteers with his son’s Boy Scouts troop.