|Washington State Senate District 48|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||6|
|Majority Coalition Caucus Leader, Washington State Senate|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Washington State House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of Washington, 1985|
|Master's||University of Southern California, 1988|
|Place of birth||Eastgate, WA|
Tom served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005. In March of 2006 he switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic. Following the 2012 election, Tom and fellow Democrat Tim Sheldon joined with Republicans to form the Majority Coalition Caucus, which led to Tom becoming State Senate Majority Leader starting in 2013.
Tom is a realtor for Windermere Real Estate. He earned his BA from the University of Washington in 1985. He went on to receive his MBA from the University of Southern California in 1988.
Majority Coalition Caucus
In December 2012, Tom, fellow Democrat Tim Sheldon, and 23 Republicans signed a pledge to form a majority caucus called the Majority Coalition Caucus, wresting control of the Senate from the Democratic caucus which had maintained an advantage following the 2012 election. Under this arrangement, Tom became Majority Leader, with Sheldon becoming President Pro Tempore, and Republicans filling the remaining leadership positions. Though hailed by caucus members as a bellwether of cooperation, Democrats disagreed with claims of bipartisanship.
In the 2013-2014 legislative session, three committees are chaired by Democrats, 11 by Republicans, and one is co-chaired.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Tom served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Higher Education|
|• Ways & Means|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tom served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Early Learning & K-12 Education|
|• Higher Education & Workforce Development, Chair|
|• Ways and Means|
- See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010
Rodney Tom was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 48 seat in 2010. He ran unopposed in the August 17 primary. He was defeated by Republican Gregg Bennett in the November 2, 2010 general election. 
|Washington State Senate, District 48 Primary (2010)|
|Rodney Tom (D)||13,688||52.67 %|
|Gregg Bennett (R)||12,302||47.33%|
In November 2006, Tom was elected for the 48th District of the Washington State Senate receiving 21,868 votes.
Kauffman raised $365,723 for his campaign.
|Washington State Senate, District 48 (2006)|
|Rodney Tom (D)||21,868|
|Luke Esser (R)||19,112|
In 2010, Tom received $250,285 in campaign donations. The top contributors to the campaign are listed below.
|Washington State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Rodney Tom's campaign in 2010|
|Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte||$44,887|
|Washington State Democratic Central Cmte - Non Exempt||$10,045|
|Abraham Lincoln Memorial Society||$2,100|
|East King County Lawyers For Justice||$2,100|
|Total Raised in 2010||$250,285|
In 2006, Tom collected $365,723 in donations.
Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. 
|Senate Democratic Campaign CMTE||$44,975|
|Washington State Democratic Party||$41,901|
|48th District Democrats||$23,000|
Tom and his wife Deborah have two daughters.
- See also: Freedom Foundation's Big Spender List
The Freedom Foundation releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed tax and fee increases. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator. 
Tom proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $441.7 million, the 13th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.
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- Washington Senators Let Women Down In Their State - Campus Progress
- Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster ... - Huffington Post
- Senate majority has long list for special session - Yakima Herald-Republic
- Special legislative session opens: A budget deal? Hardly - Q13 FOX
- DCCC Fundraising: $5.4 Million In April - Huffington Post
- Potential tuition increase of up to 10 percent in next two years, even more ... - The Easterner
- Governor signs three bills supported by Washington Attorney General Bob ... - Access Washington
- Senate majority names 33 bills for state budget talks - TheNewsTribune.com
- Cancer survivor exudes calm in Legislature's budget battles - The Seattle Times
- Tom Kacich: Illinois' openness still merits bad grade - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
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- Rodney Tom on the Washington State Senate website
- Tom state-sponsored website
- Legislative profile of Tom on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Tom on Project Vote Smart
- Biography of Rodney Tom provided by the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Campaign website
- Tom on Facebook
- Washington Votes profile for Tom
- ↑ 48th Legislative District Map
- ↑ The Seattle Times, "Legislature: Power play puts Senate in GOP hands," January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
- ↑ Washington Legislature Official primary results SOS
- ↑ Follow the Money's report on Tom's 2006 campaign contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- ↑ 2006 contributors to Rodney Tom
- ↑ Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- ↑ Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state senators by proposed new taxes and fees
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