Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, property rights and back-to-basics education. For over thirty years he has fought against government oppression.
Born and raised in Newark, Ohio, Tom served as state coordinator for several local and national grassroots political organizations from 1968 to 1977. During that time he owned and operated an advertising and printing company. In 1974 he was a candidate for the Ohio legislature.
From 1978 to 1980 Tom served as editor and wrote regular opinion columns for two Ohio newspapers, including one owned by the late Congressman John Ashbrook. In 1980 Tom went on the road, working as campaign manager for a congressional race in Ohio, and later as a campaign field coordinator, serving state legislative races in Maine and New Hampshire.
Tom DeWeese first arrived in Washington, D.C. in 1982, working as a fundraising, public relations consultant to several national policy organizations. Since 1985 he has been President of The DeWeese Company, a direct marketing and publishing firm.
In 1988 Tom established the American Policy Center and began working on several foreign policy issues concerning Latin America and Africa. In 1989 Tom led the only privately-funded American election-observation team for the Panamanian elections. In 1992 Tom DeWeese became passionately involved in the fight for the preservation of American private property rights and against intrusive environmental regulations. He is also a recognized leader in the fight to preserve American national sovereignty from intrusive United Nations’ policies on global governance.
Under the leadership of Tom DeWeese, APC has joined the fight to rescue American education from federal intrusion and behavior-modification programs like Goals 2000, School-to-Work and Outcome-based Education. Most recently APC has become involved in the fight for American privacy rights against intrusive government data banks, particularly in opposition to the establishment of a national identification card.
Since 1995, Tom has served as Editor in Chief of The DeWeese Report. He makes regular appearances on radio and television talk shows and has had articles published in several national publications. In 1999 he was accepted as a life member in the National Registry of Who’s Who.