Prior to starting Dorn Policy Group Inc. in November 2000, Tom was a Partner for three year at one of the leading Arizona public affairs firms in the 1990’s, Jamieson Gutierrez. There he was the chief legislative strategist and lobbyist for the firm’s extensive list of clients including America West Airlines, Cox Communications, Fiesta Bowl, Hitachi Data Systems, Hopi Tribe, Reliant Energy, Southwest Student Services and the City of Tucson.
From 1994 to 1997, Tom served as the State and Federal Lobbyist for the Arizona Department of Transportation. There he was instrumental in the development of Republican Governor Fife Symington’s federal transportation policy and served as the key resource to the Arizona Congressional delegation for the federal reauthorization of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. Tom was also Arizona’s representative to the STEP 21 Coalition, a multi-state, Washington-based effort to secure equitable highway financing throughout the United States. In 1995, Tom successfully worked with Congressional staff to insert the actual language in the National Highway System Act establishing the CANAMEX Corridor as a high priority corridor. The Corridor has since become the cornerstone of multi-state transportation and economic development cooperation from Arizona to Montana. Tom also organized the initial 1996 meeting of the entire Arizona and Nevada Congressional delegations to seek funding for the multi-million dollar Hoover Dam Bridge project.
From 1991 to 1994, Tom worked as the Legislative Director for the Arizona State Land Department, where he secured passage of legislation to allow two referendums regarding state land exchanges to be placed on the state general election ballot. He lobbied the legislature on various matters including natural resource management, grazing leases, forestry, urban planning and environmental protection.
Previously, Tom was also Legislative Director for the Arizona Department of Commerce under Democratic Governor Rose Mofford. Active in several economic development trade organizations, he lobbied the state legislature on issues such as business recruitment, international trade, energy utilization, sports promotion, housing and business finance.
Early in his career, Tom served as a Congressional intern Washington for the late Arizona Congressman Jay Rhodes and then as an assistant to prominent Arizona lobbyist P. Robert Fannin, former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party and U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republican.
Tom holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University (ASU). In 2002, he was named by The Phoenix Business Journal as one of the top “40 Under 40” business leaders in Phoenix. He is active in the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Town Hall, Arizona Tax Research Association, and serves on the Boards of the Arizona Highway Users and Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory. Tom is married and has three daughters.