Tom Garrett lives in Buckingham County and is beginning his second term as state senator, representing the 22nd District.
The 22nd District is comprised of Amherst County (All); Appomattox County (All); Buckingham County (All); Cumberland County (All); Fluvanna County (All); Goochland County (All); Louisa County(Part); Lynchburg City (Part); Prince Edward County (All)
The counties of Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, and Prince Edward are in both the 22nd State Senate District and the 5th Congressional District.
Tom earned both his Bachelor’s and Law Degrees from the University of Richmond, and began his service to our country with six years in the Army. During that service he honed his leadership skills, had an opportunity to work with great American patriots, and fight for the Constitutional rights we hold dear.
In 2007, Tom entered public service in a new way. That year he challenged and defeated a two term incumbent for the office of Commonwealth’s Attorney in Louisa. Tom worked tirelessly and won that election by 17 percent! It was the first time in decades that an incumbent countywide office holder was defeated – and the first Republican countywide candidate to win since Reconstruction.
In 2011, Tom was elected as the state senator for the 22nd district following a reshuffling of district borders that saw the 22nd moved eastward and into the 5th, 6th, and 7th Congressional districts. Tom emerged victorious from a spirited 5-way nomination contest and subsequently won a resounding general election contest against an accomplished Democrat opponent, despite being outspent nearly 2-to-1.
In the Senate, Tom has focused on expanding liberty, reclaiming our Constitutional rights, fiscal responsibility and restraint, and common sense reductions in the size and scope of government. Tom is not afraid to stand alone on an issue when he believes it is the principled thing to do. In 2015, Tom was the lone no vote in the Virginia Senate on the final budget bill after arguing that it included wasteful spending and put the state into competition with private and small business owners.