I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama with two brothers, Fred Jr. and Bill, and sister, Dee. My parents, Fred Sr. and Annie Jo, taught me the value of a good education, hard work, and community service.
Educated in Mobile County public schools, I attended Oakdale and Maryvale elementary schools, and Mae Eanes Junior High. I graduated from Murphy High School where I was elected senior class president and was inducted into the National Honor Society. At Mobile College (now University of Mobile), I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was elected chief justice of the Student Court and president of Pi Mu chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. I received a Master of Public Administration from Jacksonville State University (Alabama).
Beginning at age 15, I worked as a curb service attendant at White Swan Laundry. During my high school years I worked as a mail and supply clerk at American National Bank & Trust Company. After graduation from Mobile College, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy, received training, and was honorably discharged. Returning to Mobile I served at the Mobile County Probate Court. I worked as a secondary school teacher at Murphy High School and Dunbar Junior High School, before serving as a district scout executive for the Mobile Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. I served as a personnel development specialist in Anniston and Area Agency on Aging director in Birmingham, before working in numerous state leadership positions in Montgomery. After completing a 30+ year career of leadership in public service, I retired from the State of Alabama as chief of science and technology in the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
I served as Executive Director/CEO of The Arc of Alabama until my retirement after 13 years of leadership and advocacy on behalf of Alabamians with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
I married my high school sweetheart, Rachael Montgomery, and we were married for 46 years, losing her to cancer in 2012. Rachael and I are the parents of Tom II, a son born with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I understand and appreciate the challenges faced by parents and families caring for a family member with disabilities. My experiences have given me an advocate's awareness of family values and issues that impact the lives of all Alabamians.
Many of our state laws, decisions, and policies do not benefit the common good - what is best for all Alabamians. When elected, I will work with other legislators across party lines to find common ground and develop, propose, and support legislation that will benefit all Alabamians.