Thomas J. Ellis

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Thomas J. Ellis
Member of the Montgomery County
Board of Commissioners
In office
January 7, 2003 – January 7, 2008
Preceded by Richard Buckman
Succeeded by Bruce Castor
Personal details
Political party Republican Party
Residence Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Thomas Jay "Tom" Ellis is a Pennsylvania public finance attorney. He served several terms as County Commissioner of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, one of the largest counties in Pennsylvania, before being dropped from the ticket during an intra-party feud. An ally of controversial Republican National Committeeman Bob Asher, he is a prominent figure in the Pennsylvania Republican Party.[1]

Education and legal career[edit]

He earned a degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982.[2] He earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1985, where he was Editor of University of Pennsylvania Law Review.[2] As special counsel with Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll in Philadelphia, he handles public finance and higher education legal issues.[2] Specifically, his legal works focuses on facilitating tax-exempt financing projects for local governments and municipal authorities.[3] He also manages the firm's lobbying on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[2]

Political career[edit]

From 1990-2002, he served as a member of the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners.[2] In 2001, he was appointed as a board member of SEPTA.[2]

He was first elected as a County Commissioner in Montgomery County in 2003 as running mate with Jim Matthews.[4] He was chair of the County Commissioner's Board from 2006 through 2008.[2]

In 2008, he was the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania Treasurer.[5] He was endorsed by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, whose editorial board praised his "good credentials" and his "interesting ideas" on campaign finance reform and for his plans to improve Pennsylvania's college tuition savings program.[3] During the campaign, he made a campaign promise not to pursue political ambitions beyond the Treasurer’s position.[3] Democrat Robert McCord outspent Ellis significantly in the race.[6] He lost the election to McCord by a significant margin.[7]


  1. ^ Neri, Al (March 2007). "Watching Montgomery". The Insider. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Thomas Jay Ellis - Special Counsel". Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ellis for treasurer: The Republican has experience and a steady hand". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. October 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ Neri, Al (December 2002). "Montgomery County Commissioners Race". The Insider. 
  5. ^ "2008 General Primary - State Treasure". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. 
  6. ^ Neri, Al (October 2008). "Low-key contests". The Insider. 
  7. ^ "2008 General Election- State Treasurer". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Buckman
Member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners
Succeeded by
Bruce Castor
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jean Craige Pepper
Republican nominee for Treasurer of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Diana Irey-Vaughan