|Address||104 Briarwood |
Moore, Oklahoma , United States
|| April 28, 1949
Apr 13, 2012 02:55am
Caucasian - Native American - Married - Methodist - Straight -
|Info||Raised in Moore, Oklahoma, Tom Cole's service to the State of Oklahoma has been extensive. He has served as a state senator, and as Oklahoma's first Republican Secretary of State (1995-99). As Secretary of State, Cole was designated by Governor Frank Keating to lead Oklahoma's effort to secure federal funds to assist in rebuilding in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, and to be the Governor's liaison to the state's federal delegation. |
Cole has worked for many conservative Republican candidates in Oklahoma and around the nation. These have ranged from state legislators to congressmen to Presidents. Cole has worked for Ronald Reagan, George Bush, George W. Bush, J.C. Watts and other leading Republicans and conservatives. Cole has served as both Chairman and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Republican Party, and has been called to Washington D.C., where he has been Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee and Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee. After the 2000 election, Cole was asked to serve as a member of the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Committee.
Since 1989, Cole has been President of Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates, a nationally recognized political consulting firm that has worked extensively in Oklahoma and across the nation.
A former college professor in history and politics, Cole is a graduate of Moore High School and has been a Watson Fellow (1971-72) and a Fulbright Fellow (1977-78) at the University of London. He holds a B.A. from Grinnell College, an M.A. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He also serves as a board member for the national Fulbright Association.
Tom Cole is a fifth generation Oklahoman and an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. His mother, Helen, served as both a state representative and state senator from Moore, in the Fourth Congressional District, while his late father, John, forged a successful career in the United States Air Force and later as a civilian employee at Tinker Air Force Base. Tom and his wife, Ellen, have one son, Mason, and reside in Moore, Oklahoma.