Thomas Davis Rust

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Thomas Davis Rust
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Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 86th district
In office
Preceded by Donald L. Williams
Succeeded by Jennifer Boysko
Personal details
Born (1941-07-21) July 21, 1941 (age 75)
Front Royal, Virginia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann
Children Robin, Douglas, James
Residence Herndon, Virginia
Alma mater Virginia Tech, George Washington University, University of Virginia
Profession Civil engineer
Committees Commerce and Labor; Education; Science and Technology; Transportation
Religion Episcopalian

Thomas Davis "Tom" Rust (born July 21, 1941) is an American politician of the Republican Party. He is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 86th District from 2002 to 2016. Previously, he was mayor of Herndon, Virginia for 19 years (1976–84, 1990–2001).




Rust is married to Ann Rust. They have a daughter, Robin Mullet, two sons, Douglas and James [1] and two grandchildren, Abbey and Ross Mullet.[2]

Memberships and affiliations[edit]

  • St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
  • Virginia Tech Board of Visitors
  • Northern Virginia Regional Commission
  • Northern Virginia Transportation Coordinating Council (executive committee)
  • Fairfax/Falls Church United Way (former chairman)
  • Dulles Area Transportation Association
  • Northern Virginia Community Foundation
  • American Red Cross (honorary director)
  • Virginia Tech Committee of 100
  • Fairfax Committee of 100
  • American Planning Association
  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Longwood College, Board of Visitors, (1980–1988)


Rust is a civil engineer, and is currently the Vice Chairman of Pennoni Associates, a leading engineering and design consulting firm.


  • Herndon Jaycees, Man of the Year (1979)
  • Vecinos Unidos Recognition for Assistance to Hispanic Youth (1997)
  • Who's Who in the United States (1998)
  • Best of Herndon-Dulles Award (1999)
  • Patrick Henry Award (2001)
  • Virginia Tech, Academy of Distinguished Alumni for Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2001)
  • Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance's "Dust, Blood and Sweat" Award (2007)
  • Committee for Dulles "Tower of Dulles Award" (2007)
  • Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award (2007)
  • Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering’s Academy of Engineering Excellence (2008)


Rust was first elected to the Herndon Town Council in 1971 where he served until he was elected Mayor of the Town of Herndon in 1976, a position he held until 1984. He was elected Mayor again in 1990 and served until 2001 [1].

In 2001, Rust was elected Delegate for the 86th District with 63% of the vote against Jim Kelly [2]. A civil engineer, Rust has served on the Committees on Transportation, Education, Science and Technology, and Commerce and Labor. His notable legislation includes allowing the Commonwealth Transportation Board to establish a Statewide Transportation plan using highway corridors for long-term, regional planning [3].

State and local elected offices[edit]

  • Mayor, Town of Herndon, (1976–1984, 1990–2001)
  • Herndon Town Council (1971–1976)

House of Delegates committees (2009)[edit]

  • Commerce and Labor
  • Education (Chair of Subcommittee on Higher Education)
  • Science and Technology (Vice chair)
  • Transportation (Chair of Subcommittee #4)


  1. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Thomas Davis 'Tom' Rust - Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Vote 2007 Election Virginia State House of Delegates Candidates". Loudoun Independent Newspapers. 2007. 

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