Omaha, Nebraska , United States
|| October 26, 1956
Jul 12, 2010 07:18pm
|Info||Tom White represents the Omaha neighborhoods of Benson and Dundee in the Nebraska Legislature. A lifelong Nebraskan, Tom and his wife Barb have lived in the same part of Omaha since purchasing their first home over twenty years ago. They have two teenage children: a son, Logan, and a daughter, Reilly. Tom and Barb are members of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. |
Working his way through school by doing construction and warehouse work, Tom graduated from Regis University in 1979 and Creighton School of Law in 1983. Currently a partner with the firm White Wulff & Jorgensen, Tom’s legal career has focused on representing working people in issues such as workplace discrimination and civil rights, as well as commercial contract work.
A Record of Results for Nebraska’s Middle Class
Tom was elected to the Legislature in 2006. He has focused on working with members of both parties for middle class tax relief, job creation, and improving government efficiency and transparency. He has also fought for more state aid for metro-area schools.
As a state Senator, Tom has a proven record of standing up for taxpayers. He only supports balanced budgets that do not contain tax increases. In 2009, he introduced and passed the Taxpayer Transparency Act, which requires the development of a publicly-accessible, nonpolitical website to track all state spending. This essentially puts Nebraska’s checkbook online, and will help cut down on wasteful government spending.
He has used his position on the influential Revenue Committee to advocate simplifying the tax code to help Nebraska families, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. He helped repeal the marriage penalty in the state income tax and passed legislation to more than double the tax credit for research and development. He has also worked to reform Nebraska’s property tax system to help homeowners.
Tom has a record of finding ways to increase access to affordable healthcare at the state level. In addition to supporting an increase in SCHIP, he introduced and passed a bill to allow 20-somethings to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans.
He has also been an advocate for the families of military personnel, introducing and passing the Military Family Leave Act in 2007.
Tom currently serves on the Legislature’s Executive Board and the Business and Labor, Revenue, Rules and Urban Affairs Committees.