Meet Our Members – Tom Shaw

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Representative Tom Shaw is currently serving his second term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 10th District which includes Humboldt, Pocahontas, and Rockwell City.

Rep. Shaw is the Vice Chairman of the Ethics and Public Safety committees, and also serves on the Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Veterans Affairs committees.

Tom was born and raised in Laurens, Iowa. He attended Laurens-Marathon School graduating in 1979. In 1982 Tom enlisted in the United States Navy and attained the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. After 20 years of service he retired in 2002. He participated in numerous operations including Operation Desert Shield. His awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and various service ribbons.

After his retirement, Tom decided to put to use his two-year degree in Criminal Justice. Upon hearing of an opening in the Laurens Police Department, he and his wife the the move back to his hometown. He quickly moved his way up the ranks and was appointed as Chief of Police in 2006.

Through the years he has been involved with helping local Boy Scout troops, organizing veteran’s memorial events and raising money for charities.

He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, Iowa Gun Owners, and the Patrick Henry Caucus.

Rep. Shaw is not seeking re-election this year, after serving four years in the House.