Tom Rooney was raised in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Following high school, Tom went on to play college football at Syracuse University and Washington and Jefferson College. After receiving his BA in English Literature, Tom worked for Senator Connie Mack in Washington, DC
Tom returned home to Florida to attend the University of Florida where he received a Masters Degree and the University of Miami, School of Law where he earned his J.D. and met his wife Tara
After graduation, Tom and Tara spent over four years in the United States Army JAG Corps. Most notably he served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney on Fort Hood, TX prosecuting all civilian crimes on post. In 2002, Tom was selected to teach Constitutional and Criminal Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point
In 2004, Tom returned to Florida and went to work as an Assistant Attorney General under Charlie Crist. After leaving the Attorney GeneralÃ¯Â¿Â½s office, Tom became CEO of "The Children's Place at Home Safe," a home for abused and neglected children. Tom was later appointed by Governor Bush to the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County Board of Directors. In 2006, Tom entered private practice and joined a Stuart law firm
On November 4th 2008, Tom was elected to represent FloridaÃ¯Â¿Â½s 16th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Tom and Tara currently reside in Tequesta and with their three young sons: Tommy Jr., Sean, and Seamus.