Thomas W. Libous
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|Member of the New York Senate
from the 52nd district
1989 – present
|Preceded by||Warren M. Anderson district # changed from 51 to 52 in redistricting|
April 16, 1953 |
Johnson City, New York
|Children||Matthew and Nicholas|
|Residence||Binghamton, New York|
'Senator Thomas W. Libous (R-C-I: Binghamton) is the New York State Senator representing the 52nd Senate District representing Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware Counties. He is serving his thirteenth term in the New York State Senate. He is currently Deputy Majority Coalition Leader.
Libous is a member of the Republican Party but is also endorsed by the Conservative and Independence Parties. He has served as Chair of the Transportation Committee, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee and the Select Committee on the Disabled.
He was also host to the Annual Steak Roast which attracted nearly 4,000 people from across the State and was the largest political fundraiser in Upstate New York from 1989 to 2008.
Early Life, Education and Private Sector Career
Tom Libous grew up on Johnson City's North Side and attended Johnson City Central School District. As a kid, he worked at his family's grocery store in Binghamton.
Libous graduated from Broome Community College in 1973 and from the State University of New York at Utica in 1975, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance with honors.
After graduation Libous returned to Binghamton and was employed by Chase Lincoln First Bank, North America from 1975 through 1983 ending as the Director of Marketing In 1983, Libous became Vice-President of Marketing for the Johnson City Publishing Company in Binghamton. He held that position until his election to the New York State Senate. As a part-time instructor at Broome Community College, Libous has taught courses in banking, marketing and finance.
Early Political career
Libous started his political career working on various campaigns for his uncle, Binghamton Mayor Alfred Libous.
In 1984, Libous was elected to Binghamton City Council representing the City's South Side. He was re¬elected in 1987 and served as the Council’s Minority Leader. He also served as President of the NYS Association of City Councils.
New York State Senate
In 1988, Libous was elected to the New York State Senate, succeeding Senate Majority Leader Warren M. Anderson. From 2008 to 2012 he proceeded through a series of leadership positions including Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, Chair of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, and is currently Deputy Majority Coalition Leader.
Libous has served on a variety of Committees including Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Select Committee on the Disabled, Mental Health & Development Disabilities, and Transportation. In his time as Chairman of these Committees Libous has sponsored legislation which created the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, sought to curb underage drinking, created the Traumatic Brain Injury Program, tried to improve the quality of life for those with disabilities and mental health, worked to increase funding for transportation projects
Throughout his career as a state senator, Libous has been one of Binghamton University’s most ardent supporters. He’s worked to secure a over $150 million in capital funding to help BU grow through projects like the BU’s Downtown Center, the Innovative Technologies Complex, the Events Center and the Watson Engineering Building.
Community Projects and Programs
As Senator, he has worked on economic development deals to bring and retain thousands of jobs to the Southern Tier, helped convince the Ottawa Senators to locate its American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton, brought the PGA Champions Tour's Dick's Sporting Goods Open golf tournament to Endicott, and kept the AA-Level Binghamton Mets Baseball Club in the Southern Tier.
In 1989, Libous founded YES! Safe Choices for Kids (now a partnership with Lourdes Hospital) to help kids learn about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Each year, YES! trains hundreds of high school students to teach the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse to elementary school students, sponsors local events and programming and offers a drug and alcohol prevention resources for families on its website, www.YesSafeChoices.org.
In 1998, Libous founded the Student Community Service Awards (SCSA) through a partnership with WBNG-TV and Broome-Tioga BOCES. Each year, the SCSA program awards scholarships to high school seniors based on community volunteer work. Each honoree is selected by his or her school district. To date, over 400 students have received scholarships through SCSA.
In 2000, he founded BOOKS (now a partnership with SUNY-Morrisville) to encourage kids to become better readers. BOOKS takes a unique position on reading by rewarding kids for time spent reading rather than for the number of books finished and offers a variety of resources encouraging children to read on its website, www.BooksProgram.com.
In 2006, Libous partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension to found Buy From the Backyard, which encourages the community to find the value in buying locally grown produce and offers unique recipes using only locally grown products on their its website, www.BuyFromTheBackyard.com.
Libous lives in Binghamton with his wife, Fran, who serves as Vice Chair of the Workers Compensation Board. The couple has two grown sons—Matt and Nick.
In 2009, Libous was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent treatment while still serving as State Senator. In 2010, he founded I Turned Pro to encourage men over age 50 to talk to their doctors about the risk for prostate cancer.
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- Safe Drilling Now
- Buy from the Backyard
- Yes Safe Choices for Kids
- Student Community Service Awards
|New York State Senate|
Warren M. Anderson
|New York State Senate, 51st District
|New York State Senate, 52nd District
|Deputy Majority Leader of the New York State Senate
June 24, 2008–December 31, 2008
|Deputy Minority Leader of the New York State Senate
|Deputy Majority Leader of the New York State Senate