|Idaho House of Representatives District 6A|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Bachelor's||University of Idaho, 1958|
|Master's||University of Maryland, 1960|
|Birthday||July 29, 1935|
|Place of birth||Moscow, ID|
Trial graduated with his Bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho in Animal Science in 1958 and later graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park with his Bachelor's degree in 1960. Trial also earned a doctoral degree in education from Montana State University in 1968.
Trial is a former professor and also served in the US Army Reserve and in the Peace Corps.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Trail served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Trail served on these committees:
Rep. Jeff Thompson sponsored the measure to fund the four-year public universities and colleges with $209 million in FY 2012, which passed on a 47-21 vote during the 2011 session. That budget is a $7.6 million reduction from fiscal year 2011.
Though state support dropped, budgets for universities and colleges increased by about 5 percent, because of the addition of various funding measures, including student fees. In fiscal year 2011, this budget received $377.6 million in total funding, a number that will jump to $396.7 million in fiscal year 2012.
Rep. Trail said professors are fleeing the state for other institutions.
“We are just not adequately supporting higher education,” said Trail.
Rep. Phylis King said businesses often open new operations in areas of the country that are able to provide an educated workforce. King argued that continual education cuts would cause businesses to be wary to move to the Gem State.
“We are not providing that [an educated workforce] when we cut * Education,” said King.
Rep. Grant Burgoyne said “our best and brightest are leaving us” because of cuts. He said that the state is not funding enough education to keep up with the global economy. “America must be No. 1, but we are not doing our job,” said Burgoyne.
Trail did not run for re-election in 2012.
|Idaho House of Representatives, District 6A (2010)|
|Thomas Trail (R)||6,985||57.4%|
|Judith Brown (D)||5,180||42.6%|
On November 4, 2008, Republican Tom Trail won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 6A receiving 53.4% of the vote (9,146 votes), ahead of Democrat Judith Brown who received 46.6% of the vote (7,981 votes).
|Idaho House of Representatives, District 6A (2008)|
|Tom Trail (R)||9,146||53.4%|
|Judith Brown (D)||7,981||46.6%|
In 2010, a year in which Trail was up for re-election, he collected $21,851 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Thomas Trail's campaign in 2010|
|Winning For Idaho||$1,250|
|Idaho Education Association||$1,000|
|House Republican Caucus||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$21,851|
In 2008, Trail raised $26,431.
Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign. 
|Idaho Education Association||$2,000|
|Rep. House Caucus Richard Jackson Treas||$1,000|
|Roberts for Representative||$1,000|
Thomas is married with three children and resides in Moscow, Idaho.
- Idaho House of Representatives - Thomas Trail
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- "House clears higher education budget, sends measure to governor," Idaho Reporter, By Dustin Hurst, April 1st, 2011
- Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Idaho Elected Officials," February 8, 2012
- Idaho Secretary of State - 2010 General election results
- Idaho House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- 2010 campaign contributions
- 2008 contributors to Thomas Trail
|Idaho House of Representatives District 6A
| Succeeded by|
Thyra K. Stevenson (R)