State Senator Tom Rooney is a teacher and local public servant from Rolling Meadows.
In 2000, Tom 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. Tom was elected Mayor of Rolling Meadows in 2011 and again ran unopposed for a second term in 2015.
Tom is a national award-winning economics teacher who has been teaching economics and history at West Leyden High School for over twenty years. 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 undergraduate economics.
Tom was sworn in as State Senator for the 27th District of Illinois in September of 2016 to fulfill the remaining two years of Senator Matt Murphy’s term after his retirement. In the Senate, he serves as Minority Spokesman for the Higher Education Committee and a Member of the Local Government, Government Reform, Appropriations II, Gaming, Licensed Activities & Pensions, and Telecommunications & Information Technology Committees.
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. He and his wife, Sue, have four sons between them: Chris, a computer engineer in Chicago; Brian, a systems engineer in Los Angeles; Adam, a Harper College graduate who is a business major at the University of Illinois; and Christopher, a computer engineering major at the University of Illinois. They continue to reside in Rolling Meadows, where Tom is an active parishioner and lector at St. Colette Church.