Tom W. Shaw

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Tom Shaw
Tom Shaw - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 10th district
8th (2011 – 2013)
Assumed office
January 10, 2011
Preceded by Dolores Mertz
Personal details
Born 1961
Spencer, Iowa
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Diana
Children 3 children
Residence Laurens, Iowa
Alma mater Metropolitan Community College
Profession Peace Officer
Website Shaw's website

Tom W. Shaw (born 1961) is the Iowa State Representative from the 10th District. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2011. Shaw was born in Spencer, Iowa and raised in Laurens, Iowa, where he currently resides. He has an A.A. in criminal justice from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. He served in the United States Navy from 1982-2002. He serves in the Laurens Police Department and has served as Chief of Police.

As of January 2013, Shaw serves on several committees in the Iowa House - the Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Veterans Affairs committees. He also serves as the vice chair of the Ethics committee and of the Public Safety committee.


Tom was born and raised in Laurens, Iowa. He attended Laurens-Marathon School graduating in 1979. In 1982 Tom enlisted in the United States Navy and attained the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. After 20 years of service he retired in 2002. He participated in numerous operations including Operation Desert Shield. His awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and various service ribbons.

After his retirement, Tom decided to put to use his two-year degree in Criminal Justice. Upon hearing of an opening in the Laurens Police Department, he and his wife moved back to his hometown. He quickly moved his way up the ranks and was appointed as Chief of Police in 2006.

Through the years he has been involved with helping local Boy Scout troops, organizing veteran’s memorial events and raising money for charities.

He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, Iowa Gun Owners, and the Patrick Henry Caucus.

Electoral history[edit]


Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2010 [1]
District 8
Turnout: 3,025
Republican Tom W. Shaw Republican 1,545 51.07%
Stephen Richards Republican 1,108 36.63%
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2010 [2]
District 8
Turnout: 11,423
Republican gain from Democratic Tom W. Shaw Republican 7,304 63.94%
Susan G. Bangert Democratic 3,753 32.85%
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2012 [3]
District 10
Turnout: 2,285
Republican Tom W. Shaw* Republican 1,468 64.25%
Maison Bleam Republican 791 34.62%
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2012 [4]
District 10
Republican (newly redistricted) Tom W. Shaw* Republican unopposed


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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dolores Mertz
8th District
2011 – 2013
Succeeded by
Henry Rayhons
Preceded by
Dave Deyoe
10th District
2013 – present
Succeeded by