Biography of Tom Smith
Tom Smith’s background is a common one in Pennsylvania and across the country, but one that is all too rare in the United States Senate—which may explain a great deal about how our country came to this point in our history.
Tom still lives on the farm in Armstrong County where he grew up. After graduating from Elderton High School in 1965, he postponed college to help his father tend that farm and supplemented his income by driving a school bus. Before too long, Tom had married his high school sweetheart, Saundy, started a family, and went to work in a local surface coal mine.
In 1989, Tom entered the coal business himself, mortgaging everything he had in the hope that he could build a better life for himself and his family. He succeeded, building a series of companies in a highly regulated industry through some tough economic times. When he sold the companies in 2010, they were mining more than a million tons of coal a year and employed nearly one hundred people.
Tom and Saundy have a long record of involvement in community organizations and are active members of Mt. Union Lutheran Church. They are the proud parents of seven children and the grandparents of eight. Saundy recently retired after spending nearly forty years teaching in nearby public schools.
Tom has long been active in the political realm as well, supporting conservative causes and a wide array of Republican candidates at the local, state, and national levels.
Few things were further from Tom’s mind than a campaign for the United States Senate when he left the coal business—but a seemingly casual question changed that when an old friend asked, “What will our children say to our grandchildren about why our generation avoided the tough decisions and simply passed the bill along to them?”
From that question was born a campaign for the Senate, not to fulfill a long-held ambition or to climb the political ladder, but rather to answer that question: Who will go to Washington to safeguard the American Dream before it is too late? Tom Smith has taken on that challenge, and already his campaign has drawn the support of a wide cross-section of Pennsylvanians.
March 21, 2012 CITIZENS UNITED ENDORSES TOM SMITH FOR SENATE
March 20, 2012 TOM SMITH LAUNCHES “RESTORING THE AMERICAN DREAM” BUS TOUR
March 14, 2012 Watch our new ad “Red Ink” (Video)
March 12, 2012 TOM SMITH STOPS IN SOMERSET
March 9, 2012 TOM SMITH REACTS TO RECORD BREAKING DEFICIT MONTH
March 8, 2012 TOM SMITH COMMENTS ON KEYSTONE PIPELINE VOTE
March 6, 2012 TOM SMITH REACTS TO PLANT CLOSINGS
March 5, 2012 TOM SMITH SIGNS DEATH TAX REPEAL PLEDGE
March 2, 2012 Email Blast from Tom Smith for Senate: Zero
February 29, 2012 CLUB FOR GROWTH GIVES CASEY LOWEST SCORE
February 13, 2012 TOM SMITH STATEMENT ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BUDGET PROPOSAL
February 8, 2012 DICK MORRIS ENDORSES TOM SMITH – EXPOSES WELCH/CASEY
February 6, 2012 TOM SMITH FOR SENATE LAUNCHES SECOND BROADCAST MEDIA BUY
February 3, 2012 TOM SMITH’S GOOD WEEK
February 2, 2012 Email Blast from Tom Smith for Senate about STEVE WELCH
January 31, 2012 TOM SMITH TOPS BOB CASEY IN CASH ON HAND
January 28, 2012 TOM SMITH FOR SENATE COMMENTS ON STATE COMMITTEE ENDORSEMENT
January 26, 2012 Tom on WMNY’s American Entrepreneur Radio
January 24, 2012 TOM SMITH COMMENTS ON STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
January 23, 2012 SMITH FOR SENATE STATEMENT ON REPUBLICAN CAUCUSES
January 20, 2012 TOM SMITH WINS MURRYSVILLE-EXPORT REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE STRAW POLL
January 18, 2012 TOM SMITH REBUKES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ON KEYSTONE PIPELINE DECISION
January 18, 2012 SMITH FOR SENATE STATEMENT ON SOUTHEAST CAUCUS NO-VOTE
January 14, 2012 TOM SMITH WINS NORTHEAST CENTRAL CAUCUS
January 13, 2012 Second television commercial “I Stand”
January 12, 2012 REP. MARIO SCAVELLO ENDORSES TOM SMITH FOR SENATE
January 5, 2012 SMITH FOR SENATE ADDS COUNTY COMMISSIONER ENDORSEMENTS
January 4, 2012 SMITH FOR SENATE REPORTS $4.4 MILLION CASH ON HAND