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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 36

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Tom Lackey

77,801 votes (53.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety: As a retired CHP Officer, I know what it takes to keep our streets safe. Leaders must offer the necessary support to law enforcement and we should continue to strengthen our laws in order to keep dangerous criminals off our streets.
  • Women's Health: Our state must take the lead in women's healthcare. This includes timely access to preventative care, increased availability for low-income women and tougher laws on sexual violence and domestic abuse.
  • Education: As a former special education teacher, I care deeply about providing children with an education system that is able to meet their individual needs. We must continue to invest in education while promoting academic success for all.



Profession:(Ret.) CHP Officer; (Fmr.) Special Education Teacher
Assemblyman, California State Assembly — Elected position (2014–current)
Council Member, Palmdale City Council — Elected position (2005–2014)
Board Member, Palmdale Elementary School Board — Elected position (1999–2005)


Utah State University Bachelor's, Special Education


The Foundation of a Leader

The son of a town dentist and small business owner, Tom Lackey was raised in the small, high desert mining town of Boron and graduated from Boron High School in 1977.

After graduation, Tom served as a missionary for two years, later returning home to attain a bachelor’s in special education and start his career as a special education teacher. To this day, Tom continues to serve those who require special care in the community as a champion for state funding to the developmentally disabled.

A proven and gracious leader for the region, Tom Lackey’s career has been underlined by a dedication to service and safety.

A Story of Commitment

In 1985, Tom was provided with an opportunity to use his passion for helping people in another way when he was hired as an officer with the California Highway Patrol.

For nearly 30 years, Tom helped to keep the region’s streets and neighborhoods safe, working in the areas of Los Angeles, El Cajon, Baldwin Park and the Antelope Valley, and retiring as a Sergeant in 2014. During this time, he also worked as a member of the Antelope Valley Crime Task Force.

Those who know Tom will tell you that he has taken the oath to protect and serve to another level, and the number of ways he has helped to both lead for, and strengthen his community, exemplify this deep level of commitment.

Before being elected to the State Assembly, Tom served as a member of the Palmdale Elementary School District Board of Trustees, and was elected to three consecutive terms on the Palmdale City Council.

Our Champion, Our Assemblyman

Each day, Tom is working with local leaders on common-sense reforms to capitalize on opportunities and create more jobs, while championing new ideas for a safer and stronger future.

Over the last two years, he has delivered on the promises he made.

  • A+ Rating – Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
  • A+ Rating – California Taxpayers Association
  • A Rating – California Chamber of Commerce
  • Perfect Score – California Small Business Association
  • Legislator of the Year – California Police Chiefs Association
  • Legislator of the Year – Easter Seals Foundation
  • Recipient – The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy’s “Lanterman Promise” Award 2016
  • Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award – League of California Cities

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $893,415

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Republican Party
Republican Party of Tulare County
Sacramento County Republican Party
Farmers Insurance Group
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

More information about contributions

By State:

California 89.89%
Texas 1.88%
District of Columbia 1.24%
Illinois 1.12%
Other 5.88%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.63%)
Small contributions (0.37%)

By Type:

From organizations (97.25%)
From individuals (2.75%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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