Tom Huening

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Tom Huening
Born Thomas Richard Huening
(1942-01-05) January 5, 1942 (age 75)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Occupation author, politician, businessman

Thomas Richard Huening (born January 5, 1942) is an American author, politician, and businessman from San Mateo County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his public service role he is known for his fiscal responsibility and his forward-thinking policy initiatives, such as his authorship of California's anti-gerrymandering Proposition 119 on June 1990 ballot, creation of the Garfield Charter School, and his advocacy to extend public transportation from San Francisco into San Mateo County, for which he authored San Mateo County ballot Measure K (BART to San Francisco Airport) and Measure A (Countywide Transportation Expenditure Plan). A published poet, his latest work Spiritual Choices is non-fiction prose dealing with spirituality.


Huening was born in Chicago, Illinois, the second of twelve children of Clarence Edward Huening and Hermina Ann Huening (née Huberts). With his first wife Kathleen Bernice Hynes he is the father of four daughters, all of whom live in the Bay Area.


Early career experience[edit]

San Mateo County public service[edit]

Other public service[edit]

  • in 1992 Huening was the Republican candidate for US Congress in California's 14th District. As part of his campaign, he organized the Omaha Summit, a post-election gathering of reform-minded freshman Representatives to the US House. Despite losing to Democrat Anna Eshoo, who still holds this seat, he attended the event held in Omaha, Nebraska, on November 30, 1992.
  • created and served on Board of Directors of Garfield Charter School (California charter school #49).

Business experience[edit]

  • 1977 to the present: runs Huening Investment Corp., a commercial real estate development firm in the Bay Area


  • Spiritual Choices (published 2006, reissued 2008 as Spiritual Choices: Putting the HERE in Hereafter), a nonfiction work examining what the world's major religions have to offer to the spiritually minded.
  • editor of and contributor to "Unicorn: A Contemporary Journal", published by the College of San Mateo.
  • regular contributor of political op-ed articles.


  • Howard, Leslie. "Lucky Man", San Jose Magazine, October 2007:72-76.
  • Castro, Janice. "Not So Fast, Rookies!", Time Magazine, November 9, 1992. Accessed October 31, 2007.
  • "Absence of a Quorum", Time Magazine, December 7, 1992. Accessed October 31, 2007.
  • "Review & Outlook: Assault on the Gerrymander", Wall Street Journal, December 20, 1989.
  • Macdonald, Katharine. "Reapportionment initiative launched", San Francisco Examiner, May 24, 1989.
  • United Press International. "Gann Supports Redistricting Initiative", San Francisco Chronicle, May 24, 1989.
  • Ingram, Carl. "Reapportionment Plan Calls for Bipartisan Commission", Los Angeles Times, May 24, 1989.
  • Studer, Robert P. "Gann, others endorse redistricting proposal", San Diego Union, May 24, 1989.
  • Smith, Martin. "San Mateo supervisor seeks end to state gerrymandering", San Francisco Examiner, May 16, 1989.
  • Lempert, Sue. "Tom Huening walks away", San Mateo Daily Journal, August 13, 2012. Accessed August 28, 2012.

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