Meet Tom

My name is Tom Pauley, and I have a diverse background that’s perfect for being state representative for the 44th District.

I’m a proud Missouri native, and I’ve lived most of my life in Boone County.  I graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia, and my family and I have chosen to make Hallsville our home for the past 10 years. In short, I don’t need a map when I’m going to meet with citizens or business clients in Sturgeon, Centralia, Hallsville, Columbia or Randolph County.

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Experience in government and politics is crucial to being successful as state representative, and I have useful experience at the local and state levels.

I am currently a member of the Board of Aldermen in Hallsville, and I’ve used this position to help bring Board members together to make the community a better place to live. I also received invaluable experience when, as part of my training in obtaining a political science degree from the University of Missouri, I served two sessions in the office of a state senator in Jefferson City.  Learning about the Legislature was an eye-opening experience.  But I am now familiar with the legislative process, and I know that the right person can make a positive difference in Jefferson City.  In addition, I’ve volunteered for numerous campaigns, managed and helped with several campaigns, and I’ve served as a member of my county’s political party central committee.

I also know how to advocate for issues in which I believe.  I’ve served on a motorcycle safety and education working group for two years, and I held several national positions with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, including chairman and treasurer.

Education is an important part of my life.  As I already mentioned, I am a graduate of the University of Missouri.  I support Missouri Tiger sports, but there’s a lot more to Mizzou than the athletic teams.  Making sure the University and other higher education institutions – like Moberly Area Community College – receive the most support possible is crucial for our area.  I also believe that legislators need to fully support our public schools, and not just offer empty promises.  My four children have graduated from local public schools; my youngest son is a Mizzou grad and my youngest daughter is a sophomore at Mizzou.  There is no more important issue than the education of our children.

My work experiences have been as varied as my government service.  I’ve worked hard during my life, and I offer no apologies for that.  I worked for the University of Missouri in the physical plant department, first as a groundskeeper and later as a sheet metal workers apprentice. I continued to provide for my family as a sheet metal worker for another 21 years.  I held the position of government relations director with the Freedom of Road Riders organization for seven years, and as executive director of a motorcycle education group for two years.

In more recent years, I have offered financial planning and investment services to numerous clients in central Missouri.  I hold a Series 66 and Series 7 FINRA License and a Missouri Life & Health Insurance agent’s license.  Being a small businessman and helping people make money is very gratifying, and I enjoy helping people.  I’m also eager to help other businesses grow, and that’s why I’m currently serving my second term as president of the Hallsville Chamber of Commerce.

Being part of the community is also important to me.  Besides my work with the Chamber, I have served several years as choir director for the Hallsville United Methodist Church, and I’m also a member and secretary of the Hallsville Masonic Lodge #336.  You might also occasionally see me playing a guitar as part of the musical duo, HYDE-N-PAULEY.

Finally, and most importantly, I have a wonderful wife, two sons, two daughters, and two granddaughters.

Family, God, business, community, education and government service.  These have been the cornerstones of my life, and they have more than prepared me to be your next state representative.

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Experience

Political Experience

• Democratic Central Committee member; 1978 to present
• Intern for Missouri State Senator; 2007–2008
• Campaign worker; numerous volunteer positions since 1976
• United Nations Working Group; 2 years
• Motorcycle Riders Foundation – Treasurer; Vice Chair; Chair; 7 years

Education and Certifications

• University of MO: BS Political Science; 2008
• Hickman High School , Columbia, MO; graduated 1969
• Series 66 and Series 7 FINRA Licenses; currently certified
• Missouri Life and Health Insurance agent’s license; currently certified
• Affordable Care Act and SHOP policies; currently certified to sell

Work Experience

• Labors International Union, Local 45; 3 years
• Union Sheet Metal Worker, Local 36; 21 years
• Freedom of Road Riders – Government Relations Director; 7 years
• ABATE ( American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) of Indiana – Executive Director; 2 years
• Pauley Consulting – government relations, lobbying, and campaign management; formed 2007
• Financial Planner, Stock Broker, and Insurance Agent; 4 years

Community Involvement

• President of Hallsville Chamber of Commerce (2nd one-year term); Chamber member since 2007
• Alderman, City of Hallsville, Missouri; Appointed September 2013
• Secretary, Hallsville AF & AM Lodge #336; 2011 to present
• Choir Director, Hallsville United Methodist Church; 2004 to present
• Democratic Central Committeeman for Hallsville Ward I; Appointed 2011, elected 2012

Section

• Married, with two sons, two daughters, and two grand-daughters
• Member, two-man musical group, HYDE N PAULEY
• Motorcyclist, currently own 1981 Harley Wide Glide and 2002 Harley Electra Glide
• Mizzou Tiger fan