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Positions, record and controversies
Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-16) believes in less government, less taxes, and more freedom. Tom’s military, legal, and public service experience make him uniquely qualified to be our congressman. First on his agenda is a bill blocking an automatic $4,700 pay raise for members of Congress, which could save taxpayers $2.5 million. Rooney said putting off the raise would be a show of fiscal responsibility at a time of severe economic distress. “It goes to show what we’re thinking and what we’re trying to do,” he said.
Tom Rooney was raised in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and graduating from the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach. In college, Rooney played football for Syracuse University and Washington and Jefferson College outside of Pittsburgh where he earned his B.A in English Literature.
After working for Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), in Washington D.C., Rooney returned to the Sunshine State to attend the University of Florida where he received his masters degree. From there Tom went to the University of Miami, School of Law where he received his J.D. and became a member of the Florida Bar in 1999. Tom met and married his wife, Tara, while at law school.
Tom and Tara then spent over four years in the United States Army JAG Corps. Most notably, he served as Special Assistant U.S Attorney at Fort Hood, Texas, prosecuting all civilian crimes on post. Rooney successfully prosecuted more than ten trials in just over two years. He also gained hundreds of convictions during that time.
In 2002, Rooney began teaching Constitutional and Criminal Law at the United States military Academy at West Point, New York. This position is reserved for the top Judge Advocates in the Army. Tom received two Army Commendation Medals for his service and remains in the U.S. Army Inactive Ready Reserves.
Rooney returned to Florida where he went to work as an Assistant Attorney General under Charlie Crist. While working as a criminal prosecutor for the Office of Attorney General, Tom became involved with “The Children’s Place at Home Safe,” a local charity that each year serves over 300 abused, neglected, and abandoned children. Because of his work as director of Home Safe, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Rooney to the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County Board of Directors in January 2006. After his second year as director, Rooney returned to the Board of Directors of Children’s Place and resumed his practice of law in Stuart, Florida with the law firm of Kramer, Sopko & Levenstein, P.A.
The Rooneys reside in Tequesta, Florida with their three sons: Tom Jr., Sean and Seamus.
Money in politics
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The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Tom Rooney. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00029018&cycle=2008</crpcontribdata>
District Office - Stuart:
335 S. East Ocean Blvd
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: (772) 288-4668
Fax: (772) 288-4631
District Office - Punta Gorda:
226 Taylor Street, Suite 200
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Rooney won the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) in the 2008 congressional elections.. Rooney defeated incumbent Tim Mahoney in the November 2008 general elections. 
Rooney has received endorsements from:
- Charlotte Sun (Port Charlotte, FL)
- Senator Connie Mack (ret.)
- Florida Governor Charlie Crist
- The Marine Industries Of The Treasure Coast
- Tampa Tribune-Highlands Today
- The Palm Beach Post
- The House Conservative Fund
- Former Florida State Representative Joe Negron
- The Police Benevolent Association of Palm Beach & Martin Counties
- The Florida Irish-American Republicans
- The Associated Builders & Contractors
- Vets for Freedom
- Florida Congressmen Connie Mack and Tom Feeney
Money in politics
Committees and affiliations
- The House Armed Services Committee
- The House Committee on the Judiciary
- The Terrorism and Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee
- The Military Personnel Subcommittee
- The Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee
More background data
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Florida and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "About Tom," TomRooney.com, retrieved July 9, 2008
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on Florida's 16th Congressional District
- ↑ Official Tom Rooney for Congress website
- ↑ "Florida 2008 General Election", TheGreenPapers.com, November 4, 2008
- 2008 Race Tracker page on Florida's 16th Congressional District
- Official Tom Rooney for Congress website
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
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|First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
Florida Assistant Attorney General
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Date of Birth: November 21, 1970