Tom has been a civic activist and attorney helping communities protect their quality of life for over 30 years. Tom stopped the Redskins stadium in Laurel, halted a strip mall in West Laurel, saved an old growth forest and saved the Gunpowder Golf Course from Konterra.
As chair of the county council, Tom delivered critical projects such as the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, the Laurel High School Auditorium, the Vansville Elementary School, a new gymnasium and roof for Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School, a new roof and track for High Point High School, the Dinosaur Park, and funding for the new Laurel Library.
Tom and Lenora raised two children, Matt and Danielle, in Prince George's County. They reside in Laurel with their two cats. Tom remains active in many community organizations, such as Friends of the Library, the Senior Friendship Club, Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc., the Laurel Historical Society, and the Sierra Club.