|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 13th district
January 6, 2009 – November 30, 2010
|Preceded by||Art Hershey|
|Succeeded by||John Lawrence|
|Residence||West Grove, PA|
|Alma mater||La Salle University
Widener University (JD)
After working his way through law school, Tom married his high school sweetheart Danelle and went into private practice. As they were just starting their lives together, they had to grapple with the loss of both of their mothers to cancer. In search of a fresh start, they began exploring the winding roads of Southern Chester County. “The sprawling farms and quiet meadows stole our hearts. We knew we were home.” In 1999, the couple settled in London Grove Township and opened up a storefront for his law practice in West Grove. Tom and Danelle have two children, Marley, 10, and Benjamin, 6, and have served for a total of six years as Foster Parents with Chester County’s Children & Youth Services.
Houghton is a practicing attorney. He has served as London Grove Township's representative on the executive committee to PennDOT's Route 41 Commission and is a board member of the White Clay Creek Watershed Association.
State House Campaigns
State House Career
Houghton served on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, as well as the Children and Youth, Environmental Resources and Energy and the Local Government Committees. He was also appointed to the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee by the Speaker of the House.
Houghton originally announced his intention to challenge Republican State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi in 2012. However, due to redistricting, Houghton's home was drawn out of Pileggi's 9th District seat, and moved into the 19th District, currently represented by Democrat Andy Dinniman. Houghton subsequently announced his intention to challenge Dinniman in the Democratic primary. Houghton is running for Congress in 2014, challenging Republican incumbent Joe Pitts in Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district. He faces stem-cell scientist, Raja Kittappa in the democratic primary.
- "SESSION OF 2009 - 193D OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1". Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2009-01-06.
- Smith, Eric S. (January 6, 2012). "Former state Rep. Houghton will challenge Dinniman in primary". The Daily Local News. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- Shuey, Karen (28 January 2014). "Democrat will make run against Pitts official Monday". Lancaster Newspapers (LancasterOnline). Retrieved 28 January 2014.
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