Smith, Thomas (Tom)
(1927-2014) Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1927. Enlisted at age 17 in U.S. Marine Corps and served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Retired as Lieutenant Colonel with over 23 years of service in 1968. An educator, served as teacher and principal in the Scottsdale School District for 17 years. Elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1991, serving until 1999 when he was elected to the Arizona Senate. Will retire from the Senate in 2002. In all assignments, has remained a conscientious, concerned, and committed advocate of the veterans of Arizona and the constituents he has served. Named Legislator of the Year by the Arizona Vocational Association in 1993 and the American Legion Distinguished Legislator Award in 1997. Awarded the Governor’s Award of Excellence in 1997. Received the 10-Gallon Award as a volunteer blood donor. Other citations received from Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley for support of new drug laws; from Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Counsel for valuable service; and honorary membership from the Arizona Correctional Education Association.