Thomas Tigue

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Thomas M. Tigue
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 118th district
In office
January 6, 1981[1] – November 30, 2006[2]
Preceded byRaphael Musto
Succeeded byMichael Carroll
ConstituencyPart of Monroe and Luzerne
Personal details
Born(1945-08-24)August 24, 1945
Pittston, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedFebruary 1, 2016(2016-02-01) (aged 70)
Hughestown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Dianne Walsh
AwardsSilver Star
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceU.S. Marine Corps
Years of service1968–1971
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Battles/warsVietnam War

Thomas M. Tigue (August 24, 1945 – February 1, 2016) was a United States Marine Corps Officer and combat veteran, an American politician, a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

He is a 1964 graduate of St. John's High School and earned a degree in government from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1968.[3] He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, earning a Silver Star.[4] He served 27 years in the Marine Corps Reserve.[5] He has pursued graduate studies at Marywood University.[6] He was a Legislative Fellow at East Stroudsburg University and a member of the Pittston Area School Board.[4][7]

He was first elected to represent the 118th legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1980. During his tenure, Tigue served as the Democratic chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, where he was instrumental in establishing the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, a program providing financial assistance to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who are financially impacted by military service.[5] He also co-sponsored of legislation giving the Governor the authority to call members of the Pennsylvania National Guard to state active duty in the event of emergencies in other states.[5] He retired prior to the 2006 elections.

In December 2006, he became Managing Director of the Delaware River Maritime Enterprise Council.[6] In July 2007, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame.[5] In 2007, Tigue sought an appointment to the Luzerne County Commission to replace Todd Vonderheid, who decided to step down.[8] A panel of nine judges from the Court of Common Pleas were responsible for the appointment.[8] However, Tigue was defeated by former commissioner Rose Tucker 5-4.[8] Tigue died on February 1, 2016 from Stage IV lung cancer. [9]

U.S. decorations and badges[edit]

Silver Star


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 1981 - 165TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1981-01-06.
  2. ^ Per Article II, Section 2 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the legislative session ended on November 30, 2006
  3. ^ "Thomas M. Tigue (Democrat)". Official Pennsylvania House of Representatives Profile. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2006-01-10.
  4. ^ a b Kanjorski, Paul (2007-02-09). "Honoring state representative thomas tigue as he retires from the pennsylvania legislature after 26 years of service" (PDF). Congressional Record. United States Congress.
  5. ^ a b c d "Retired lawmaker tom tigue named to military and veterans affairs hall of fame" (Press release). Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. 2007-07-31.
  6. ^ a b "Our Team - Thomas M. Tigue, Managing Director". Delaware River Maritime Enterprise Council, Inc. 2007.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ " Tigue". 1945-08-24. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  8. ^ a b c "Former Commissioner Tucker tapped to finish rest of Vonderheid's term". Citizens Voice. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: Times-Shamrock Communications Inc. June 19, 2007.
  9. ^ Bill Wellock (2016-02-01). "Former lawmaker Tigue dies". Retrieved 2018-04-04.

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