Thomas M. Devine

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Thomas M. "Tom" Devine (born June 21, 1951)[1] is a lawyer, lobbyist, and advocate for whistleblower rights. Devine is the legal director at the non-profit Government Accountability Project, in Washington, D.C..[2] Devine joined GAP in 1978 as a second-year law student at Antioch School of Law, and became its legal director in 1979.[3] According to his bio, Devine has assisted more than 5,000 whistleblowers and has helped enact or defend more than 20 major whistleblower laws in the United States and abroad.[2] Currently, Devine is involved with passing the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 through the U.S. Congress.[4]

Early History[edit]

Devine was raised in a working-class family in Elmwood Park, Ill.[2] His late father was an inspector for a phone company.[2] Devine participated in the debate team in high school and later became the debate team captain in Georgetown University.[5] He enrolled in Antioch Law School in 1977.[2]


  1. ^ "DOERS PROFILE." The Washington Times. November 10, 1989.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Tom Devine, Legal Director". Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Nusbaum, Marci Alboher (November–December 2002). "DEVINE INTERVENTION". Legal Affairs. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  4. ^ Davidson, Joe (May 9, 2012). "Senate passes whistleblower protections — again". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  5. ^ "GAP's in your defense - Government Accountability Project." Washington Monthly. February 1990.