2017-18: Bold Leader. Proven Results
Thomas was not afraid to tackle the big issues his first year in the State House. He dedicated much of his first term to improving Michigan's broken education funding. For decades, Lansing's politicians failed to implement long term solutions to pay over over 30 billion dollars in public school debt. The reform which Thomas lead allows public school employees to receive more money and have more control over their future.
Because of his leadership on this issue, and many more, he was named "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by MIRS, Lansing's leading news source.
86th District Roots
Thomas's roots in both Kent and Ionia Counties can be traced back to the mid 1800’s when his ancestors first immigrated to America. Thomas currently lives in Vergennes Township with his wife and three children. He is proud to be raising his children in the same community he grew up in. Thomas is committed to help build a community were the next generation feels the same way.
Thomas and his wife, Erica, were married in 2010. They have been blessed with three beautiful children. Erica works as a secondary math teacher in west Michigan. His parents, four brothers, nieces, nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins live within the 86th district.
Thomas began his early years of schooling at St. Patrick’s Elementary in Ada, MI and then moved on to Belding High School. He attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Political Science and History. After completing his military service, Thomas used the G.I. Bill to attain a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University with a concentration in finance. Thomas then obtained the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) certification.
Military Career – USMC
Thomas spent 10 weeks between his junior and senior year of undergrad at the United State Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. The following year, on graduation day, Thomas was commissioned as a Marine Corps Officer. He spent the next year attending training schools in order to enter the operational forces as a Motor Transport Platoon Commander. In 2009, Thomas deployed to Iraq as an advisor to the Iraqi Army in the Anbar Province. After leaving active duty, Thomas continued to serve as a reservist until 2013.