In 2004, Thomas McDermott, Jr. became the youngest mayor ever elected in Hammond, Indiana. Sixteen years later, he is now the longest-serving mayor in the city's history and was just elected to an unprecedented fifth term unopposed.
As a young man, Tom McDermott enlisted in the United States Navy and served 6 years as a nuclear submariner aboard the USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709). He served as a nuclear electrician and passed the strenuous U.S. Navy Dive School to become the ship’s only diver. Tom received an honorable discharge and moved back to the place he called home: Hammond.
After protecting his country during the Persian Gulf War, Tom attended Purdue-Calumet, earning high honors in Finance while working full-time. Law school took Tom to South Bend, where he attended the University of Notre Dame. After receiving his law degree, Tom returned to Northwest Indiana to open his own law practice.
Mayor Tom McDermott has been named a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian by the Governor of Indiana. He has served as Deputy Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, and more recently, as co-chair of the DNC Veterans and Military Families Council. He also sits on the executive board of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC).
His proudest achievements of his 16 years as mayor of Lake County’s largest city include the nationally-recognized College Bound Scholarship program, his city-wide commitment to youth sports, and the creation of the Wolf Lake Pavilion and recreation area.
Tom McDermott is a family man. He and his Polish-born wife, Marissa, met as students at Notre Dame Law School. They raised four children, with Tom now in his 12th year of managing a youth baseball team. Tom and Marissa are active members of St. John Bosco parish in Hammond.
Tom McDermott, Jr. brings energy and enthusiasm to everything he does. He has a well-earned reputation for fighting for what is right, and now he wants to fight for Indiana’s First Congressional District. Tom McDermott - Leadership for a Change.