Just Call Me Tom
As a native of Williamsport, PA, Tom has always been familiar with Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. Elected in 2010 after unseating a two-term Democrat incumbent, Tom has steadfastly focused his attention and congressional work on benefitting his constituents. Tom is a lawyer, former District Attorney for Lycoming County, and a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He has brought his experience and knowledge to Washington D.C. to become a leader in the House of Representatives.
Growing up in a blue-collar household of four children, all born to Vivian Marino and the late Joseph Marino - two first-generation Italian-Americans - Tom quickly established a strong voice and presence at home that has undoubtedly helped carry him throughout his successful career. Tom also developed a passion for helping others, passed down from his father who was a firefighter.
After graduating from High School, Tom married his high school sweetheart Edie and went to work in the factories of Central Pennsylvania. As years passed, and job opportunities dwindled, Tom began to realize the importance of a college education and its ability to better the lives of not just himself, but of his family and loved ones as well.
So, at 30 years old, Tom enrolled in the former Williamsport Area Community College. Tom would then transfer to Lycoming College, where he graduated magna cum laude, before completing his law degree at Dickinson School of Law.
Upon graduation, Tom spent a few years in private legal practice before beginning his public service. In 1991 he successfully ran for District Attorney of Lycoming County where he diligently worked on behalf of the people for 10 years. His service and dedication in protecting the residents of Lycoming County did not go unnoticed. In 2002, Tom was appointed the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush. Upon accepting the job as a United States Attorney, Tom continued his tough approach to the law by fighting to keep the communities of Pennsylvania safe by prosecuting a wide range of federal offenders, from violent criminals and drug dealers to white collar businessmen who cooked the books.
As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee on Homeland Security, and the Judiciary Committee - on which he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law - Congressman Marino has passed landmark bills. Tom’s legislation has benefited citizens in the 12th district and people around the country
Tom also serves as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Kidney Caucus in order to educate Members of Congress about the importance of health and the government’s role in research funding for rare diseases. In addition to his role as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Kidney Caucus, Tom also serves as Co-Chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Caucus. Tom has also teamed up with his close friend, colleague and congressional office neighbor, Karen Bass (D-CA-37) to serve as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, a project he holds close to his heart, as both of his children were adopted.
Congressman Marino has a reputation for getting things done on Capitol Hill. He is diligent in making sure questions and concerns never go unnoticed or overlooked. He has a robust constituent service team that personally returns calls, emails, letters and social media posts from his constituents. This is a vital aspect of representing the district because it is one of the largest Congressional districts in Pennsylvania.
Tom consistently votes to protect farmers and the agricultural sector by opposing excessive regulations and bureaucratic overreach. His district, much of it rural and comprised of fertile farmland, supplies thousands of households with agricultural products.
Tom supports across-the-board tax cuts, reigning in spending, term limits in Congress, a strong and technologically superior national defense, single-issue legislative proposals and Congressional power over Executive fiat. He values the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence as the most sacred documents in America’s government.
As a three-time cancer survivor Tom has proven time and time again that he is a fighter. He strives to push legislation he believes will lookout for those he proudly serves on a daily basis. Tom conducts himself in Congress with a sense of purpose, a clear set of goals and an uncommon toughness that inspires his colleagues, Republican, Democrat or Independent to do the hard work necessary to find solutions to serious problems.
Tom, age 66, currently resides in Cogan Station, Lycoming County with his wife Edie and two adopted children, Chloe and Victor.
To learn more about Tom's work in Congress, read this feature article in Townhall magazine.