Tom Rooney is the State Senator for the 27th District of Illinois, having been appointed in September of 2016 to fulfill the remaining two years of Senator Matt Murphy’s term after his retirement.
Tom has been teaching economics and history at West Leyden High School for the past twenty years. He is the 2001 recipient of the Foundation for Teaching Economics’ (FTE) nationwide “Excellence in Economic Education” award. Additionally, each year during summer breaks Tom travels the country teaching fellow teachers how to teach economics to high school students. He holds a B.A. in history from Loyola University and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University. In 2004, he returned to NIU to study graduate level economics and served as an instructor in
From 1986 to 1992, Tom served in the Marine Corps Reserve, initially as a field radio operator and then as an intelligence specialist. Although they did not get deployed to Saudi Arabia, his reserve unit was activated during Desert Storm.
Tom grew up in Evanston and moved to Rolling Meadows in 1997. In 2000, he was appointed to a vacant seat on the Rolling Meadows City Council. He won a full term as an Alderman on the Council in 2001 and ran unopposed for a second term in 2005. In 2009, he demonstrated his belief in term limits by keeping his pledge to only serve two terms. He was elected Mayor of Rolling Meadows in 2011 and again ran unopposed for a second term in 2015.
Tom and his wife, Sue, have four sons between them: Chris, a computer engineer in Chicago; Brian, a systems engineer in Maryland; Adam, a student at Harper College; and Christopher, a senior at Elk Grove High School. They continue to reside in Rolling Meadows, where Tom is an active parishioner and lector at St. Colette Church.