Tom Corcoran (politician)

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Thomas Joseph Corcoran (born May 23, 1939) is an American politician. He served four terms in Congress as a U.S. Representative from Illinois (1977-84). He is a Republican.


Corcoran was born in Ottawa, Illinois. He graduated from Marquette High School in Ottawa in 1957. He received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1961 and did graduate work at University of Illinois, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University.[1]

He served in the United States Army from 1963-65 and then went into politics, serving in staff positions for the State of Illinois Office in Washington, D.C. from 1969-72 and the office of the president of the Illinois Senate.[citation needed]

After serving as vice president of the Chicago-North Western Transportation Co. from 1974 to 1976, he was elected to Congress in 1977 and was re-elected three times. He resigned in 1984 to run for the U.S. Senate but lost to incumbent Senator Charles Percy in the primary.[citation needed]

He was appointed to the Board of Directors of United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan.[2] His term was supposed to run through 1990, but the Corporation was abolished in 1985.[3]


  1. ^ Corcoran profile,; accessed February 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Nomination of Thomas Corcoran To Be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation",, October 10, 1984.
  3. ^ Federal Register: Synthetic Fuels Corporation
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tim Lee Hall
U.S. Representative of Illinois' 15th Congressional District
Succeeded by
Edward R. Madigan
Preceded by
John N. Erlenborn
U.S. Representative of Illinois' 14th Congressional District
Succeeded by
John E. Grotberg

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website