Institute of Politics

Tom Rooney

Former U.S. Representative from Florida

Tom Rooney and his wife Tara served in the U.S. Army on active duty from 2000-2004. Tom was a prosecutor in the JAG Corps at Fort Hood, Texas then an Instructor of Constitutional and Criminal Law at West Point, NY. He returned to Florida to become the CEO of a shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned children in Palm Beach County, Florida. In 2008, Tom was elected to the United States Congress. He was re-elected four more times. Tom served on the highly coveted Intelligence and Appropriations Committees and served as a Deputy Whip in the Republican Conference. Tom’s primary focus was supporting Florida’s agricultural and veterans issues. He also served as a chief investigator on the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia Investigation after the 2016 elections. Tom retired from Congress after ten years and lives with his wife and three sons in Tequesta, Florida. Tom is an attorney in the law firm of Buchanan Ingersol and Rooney.


“Inside Congress: What’s Working & What’s Not”

Ten years in the House serving on the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Appropriations, Agriculture, and Armed Services Committees allowed me to work on a range of legislation and investigations and cast a number of votes. In these seminars, we’ll look at some of the issues that were most important to me, and in my view, to our country – and discuss when we made progress, when we didn’t, and why. We’ll also look at some crucial issues facing our congressional leaders today and where things are headed with special guests from the current House.

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