Tom Conroy is the state representative for the 13th Middlesex District, which includes Marlborough, Sudbury, Framingham, and Wayland.
After receiving a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale College during the height of the Cold War, Tom started his public service in Washington by helping craft a more effective and less expensive alternative to the Reagan military budgets. He then worked for Senator Gary Hart (D-CO), and served as a foreign policy and national security assistant for Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).
His passion for helping the most vulnerable in society led him next to Thailand, where he managed a refugee resettlement program for Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian, and Burmese fleeing persecution in their home countries. During 1992, he worked in Cambodia during the United Nations occupation of that country. In 1993, he established a refugee interviewing center in Haiti for the Clinton Administration in order to stem the tide of Haitians fleeing the country in risky boats.
Tom received an M.A. in International Economics from Johns Hopkins in Washington, DC in 1995. For the next sixteen years, until 2011, Tom worked in the business sector in Massachusetts at small and large companies. At Public Consulting Group in Boston, he helped state agencies around the country maximize their non-tax revenues and manage their finances with best practices. At Mercer Management Consulting he helped firms develop growth strategies and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations. At Marsh, Inc. he helped companies develop risk management and insurance solutions for their ongoing challenges. While working, Tom received an M.B.A. in Finance from Boston University.
Tom was elected state representative for the 13th Middlesex District in November 2006 and took office in January, 2007. In the Massachusetts legislature, he has served as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development. Since 2009, Tom has served as the House appointee to the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Science (STEM) Advisory Council.
Tom has authored several new laws, including budget language that has strengthened the state’s credit rating, pension reforms that have reduced the state’s liabilities while preserving benefits for retirees, and a self-funding mechanism for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, so that more entrepreneurial biotechnology companies can grow in Massachusetts and create new jobs. This session, Tom is leading two major legislative efforts: crafting one bill to raise the minimum wage and another to improve our welfare system in order to help the unemployed find new jobs.
Tom lives in Wayland with his wife, Sarah Sewall, a national security expert, and four daughters, 16 year old triplets and a 12 year old.