"Congressman Bill Johnson's support of Tom Gilmer may be the first time since Rob Simmons, a congressman has come to help raise money in Eastern Connecticut."
State Central Rep 35th District
Congressman Bill Johnson
Call to Lead
Since Tom was 12 years old, he has been active in the Republican Party. His journey has allowed him to meet national leaders including Former Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. In 2007, Tom managed his first successful mayoral campaign, and, in 2009, he ran for a Board of Ed seat, opposing his high school girlfriend's father. His charisma, combined with his unbridled energy, has caught the attention of many on Capitol Hill, including Congressman Bill Johnson, who came to Eastern Connecticut to help Tom raise campaign dollars.
Running for Congress in Connecticut's Second District, Tom understands the issues and needs of Eastern Connecticut. Over the 2019 municipal election cycle, Tom made more than 150 campaign stops to aid local candidates across the district, knocked on several thousand doors, and called several thousand voters. It resulted in overwhelming grassroots support throughout the district and more than fifty endorsements from party leaders and organizations.
Tom Gilmer was born and adopted to a loving family in Streetsboro, OH. In 2014, he moved to East Hampton, CT to start a commercial and industrial construction management company. Tom has spent most of his professional career working in Eastern Connecticut's private sector, developing projects worth up to a billion dollars --- in addition to working with the public sector to provide RFPs for the restoration of community buildings. Gilmer currently resides in Madison with his family.
Liberty University Graduate
After graduating high school, Tom worked hard to put himself through college. In his first two years, he attended the University of Akron and worked with the Bliss Institute, which has a history of producing strong Republican leaders. During his time there, Tom served as the Senate Majority Leader in the Student Government, and he worked as a Grassroots Manager for several statewide and federal campaigns. Midway through his time at the University of Akron, Tom felt called to enroll at Liberty University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing.
Tom has served in many leadership roles over the years within the energy and private equity sectors. He first served as a Trade Marketing Manager for BP Castrol, where he spent much of his time working within the commodities industry and in the global markets. After his time at BP, Tom begin his own company where he brought together private investors and large scale construction projects. Over his career, he has managed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of projects dealing with grid updates and sustainable energy production within the energy sector.