Born and raised in Shelby County, Tom Leatherwood was elected State Representative to serve the people of District 99 in 2018.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Memphis, Tom spent several years working in the energy industry. After this, he fulfilled a life-long dream of world travel and spent 14 months backpacking to over 20 countries. Tom came back home with a greater realization and appreciation of the many freedoms and blessings we enjoy in our nation. He then went on to earn his teaching certificate from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and taught in Shelby County Public Schools for eight years.Tom was later elected to the State Senate after defeating the sponsor of the state income tax bill, and in the Senate, he played a critical role in education policy and passing fiscally responsible state budgets.
Tom then served as Shelby County Register of Deeds, where he implemented a new recording system, streamlined the office, cut expenses, and reduced customer fees. He ran the office totally on fees at no cost to the taxpayer and turned over excess revenue each year to help the county. The office was fully funded by customer fees and did not use any county tax dollars.
Tom is honored to be able to serve the people of Shelby County by shaping state policy. He and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 29 years and are active members of Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett. They live in Arlington, and Melissa teaches first grade for Arlington Community Schools. They are blessed with five daughters and one son-in-law.