Tom Houghton

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Tom Houghton
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 13th district
In office
January 6, 2009[1] – November 30, 2010
Preceded by Art Hershey
Succeeded by John Lawrence
Personal details
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Danelle
Residence West Grove, PA
Alma mater La Salle University
Widener University (JD)
Occupation Attorney

Thomas D. "Tom" Houghton is a Democratic politician and former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He represented the 13th district from 2009 through 2010.

Personal life[edit]

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.[2]

Professional career[edit]

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.[3]

Political career[edit]

Township Supervisor[edit]

In 2002, Houghton was elected to the London Grove Township Board of Supervisors. He served as chairman of that body for several years.[3]

State House Campaigns[edit]

Houghton first ran for the 13th district seat in 2006. He was defeated by Republican incumbent Art Hershey by 1,800 votes.[4]

On November 4, 2008, he was elected to the State House, succeeding Hershey, who had declined to run for reelection. He defeated his main opponent, John Lawrence, by a margin of 47.5% to 46.4%.[5]

Houghton's original opponent, Curtis Mason, was forced to drop out of the race.[6] In the end, he narrowly defeated his opponent in a count that stretched into the morning following election day.[7]

In the 2010 election, Houghton was defeated by over 2,000 (over 10%) votes by his opponent from two years prior, John Lawrence.

State House Career[edit]

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.[3]

Political future[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9][10]


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Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Art Hershey
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 13th District
Succeeded by
John Lawrence