Tom (Tom) Cole (R-04)

US Representative Tom Cole

Tom (Tom) Cole (R-04)
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Capitol: 202.225.6165
FAX: 202.225.3512
District: 580.357.2131
Room 2207 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3604
100 East 13th Street Box 13
Ada, OK 74820-6502
Residence:Moore, OK

Committee Assignments

ChairmanHouse Committee on Rules
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies
Co-ChairCongressional Native American Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Friends of Denmark
FC MemberCongressional Battlefield Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberHouse Aerospace Caucus
FC MemberHouse Rare Earth Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional History Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Pre-K Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus
FC MemberBritish-American Interparliamentary Group
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humane Bond Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Youth Challenge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Sweden Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Conservative Opportunity Society
FC MemberCongressional Bourbon Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lupus Caucus
FC MemberPostal Preservation Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Apprenticeship Caucus
FC MemberCongressional ALS Caucus
FC MemberHouse Energy Action Team (HEAT)
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberHouse Military Depot and Industrial Facilities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prevention Policy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Natural Gas Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Long Range Strike
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Unmanned Systems (UAV)
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberJoint Strike Fighter Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chemistry Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberRepublican Study Committee (RSC)
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus


Cole is an advocate for a strong national defense, a tireless advocate for taxpayers and small businesses, and a leader on issues dealing with Native Americans and tribal governments. Tom Cole has spent his career in service to Oklahoma. In Congress, Tom is a leading advocate for a strong national defense and protecting taxpayers and promoting small businesses. And, notably, Tom is a bold leader on issues dealing with Native Americans and tribal governments. Identified by Time Magazine as "one of the sharpest minds in the House" Cole was named as one of "Five Freshmen to Watch" by Roll Call at the outset of his congressional career. In Washington, Tom Cole is always on the front lines promoting and protecting our strong conservative Oklahoma values. He serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies where he has helped promote important research into finding cures for terrible diseases like Alzheimer's and Cancer, while simultaneously cutting overall spending in wasteful, unnecessary programs. He is also assigned to the Subcommittees on Defense and Interior. Tom also serves on the House Budget Committee where he has fought to reduce spending and balance the budget. Each year he has been in Congress Tom has supported the smallest budget proposed. Throughout his life Tom Cole has always worked to serve Oklahoma. Tom served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party and as a member of the Oklahoma State Senate. As Oklahoma's Secretary of State, Tom was Governor Frank Keating's chief legislative strategist and liaison to the state's federal delegation. Together they worked with business and elected leaders to orchestrate the tremendous economic growth Oklahoma experienced from the late 90's through the first decade of the 21st century. Keating tapped Cole to lead Oklahoma's successful effort to secure federal funds to assist in the rebuilding of Oklahoma City in the wake of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19th, 1995. A small business owner, Cole co-founded a nationally recognized political and market research firm that was at the forefront of Oklahoma's transformation from a Democratic controlled legislature to one of the most Republican in the nation. Cole also is a former college instructor in history and politics, holding a B.A. from Grinnell College, an M.A. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Cole has been a Thomas Watson Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of London. Tom also holds honorary degrees from Hillsdale Bible College in Moore and Oklahoma City University. He serves on the National Board of the Fullbright Association. Tom Cole is a fifth generation Oklahoman and an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. He is currently one of only two Native Americans serving in Congress. He was awarded the Congressional Leadership award by the National Congress of American Indians in 2007 and 2011 and was inducted in the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2004. Cole's late mother, Helen, is also a member of the Chickasaw Hall of Fame and served as a state representative, state senator and Mayor of Moore in her native state of Oklahoma. Cole's late father, John, served twenty years in the United States Air Force and worked an additional two decades as a civilian federal employee at Tinker Air Force Base. Tom and his wife, Ellen, have one son, Mason, and reside in Moore, Oklahoma.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2002    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Ellen Elizabeth Decker   DOB: 4/28/1949
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