Hometown: Princeton, Indiana
Employment: Old National Bancorp
Education: B.S. Engineering, Purdue University (West Lafayette); J.D. Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Personal: Married, 5 children
Tom Washburne, a Republican, is the current State Representative for Indiana House District 64 — an area he knows well. His family moved to Princeton when he was two years old, and he is a 1982 graduate of Princeton Community High School. Like many Princeton boys, Tom sacked groceries at Gaston’s IGA and sold firearms and sporting goods at William’s Shoe Hospital.
After Tom earned an engineering degree from Purdue, he married Lynne and taught electronics at Vincennes University before heading off to law school at the Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law. Upon completing a federal judicial clerkship in Indianapolis, Tom and his growing family returned to Vincennes, where he practiced law in the Hart Bell law firm.
In 1995, Tom joined the Washington, DC, staff of Indiana Congressman John Hostettler, eventually becoming Chief of Staff. In 2001, he left Capitol Hill and joined the staff of the Home School Legal Defense Association, where he defended the rights of parents to educate their children at home if they chose to do so. He later served as Indiana Congressman Mike Sodrel’s Chief of Staff and on the staff of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan. In 2007, Tom accepted a position with Old National Bancorp in Evansville, and settled his family near Darmstadt in rural northern Vanderburgh County.
In 2015, Tom was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to be a member of the Indiana Commercial Court Working Group. In 2016, he was named one of fifteen semi-finalists for the vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, where he serves as Treasurer of the Corporate Counsel Section and on the Council of the Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Section.
Tom is an Eagle Scout and a leader with Boy Scout Troop 393 in St. Wendel, Indiana and a senior member of the River City Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. He serves on the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Directors. In his limited spare time, he enjoys ham radio (WB9ZFN), keeping bees and raising sheep and chickens. Tom is admitted to practice law in Indiana and Michigan.
Tom and Lynne have been married for twenty-nine years and have five children. A Christian, he is member of Salem Church in Darmstadt.