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Ward 5 Councilmember - Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr.


Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Jr. campaigned for and successfully won the D.C. Ward 5 Council seat in November 2006. He was sworn into office in January 2007. Councilmember Thomas is Chair of the D.C. City Council’s Committee on Libraries, Parks, and Recreation. He sits on two additional committees: Health and Workforce Development and Government Operations.  

Councilmember Thomas is the son of late three-term Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Sr., and former D.C. Public School principal Romaine B. Thomas. Councilmember Thomas attended D.C. Public Schools and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He holds a degree in Public Relations/Marketing from Bowie State University. Councilmember Thomas was Vice President of Public Affairs for the Public Benefits Corporation (formerly D.C. General Hospital).


Councilmember Thomas was raised in a family with a strong commitment to public service. Over the past two decades, he has been involved in a wide range of community activities. Recognizing the need for youth and citizen empowerment programs, Councilmember Thomas co-founded DCTC-Team Thomas, a non-profit organization for social change, citizen empowerment, community development, and youth and senior  program development. Team Thomas has successfully run comprehensive after school and weekend youth skills training clinics across the city, as well as interactive learning summer camps. Team Thomas is funded by grants, donations, and public and private partnerships. Each year, Team Thomas distributes turkeys to needy families and hosts a toy drive and holiday breakfast with Santa. 



Councilmember Thomas is a former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, and has served as Chair of the Woodridge Health Clinic. He is a past President of the D.C. Young Democrats and a former At-Large elected member of the D.C. Democratic State party, for which he coordinated local and national events. Councilmember Thomas has worked for the national Democratic Party, holding the office of Treasurer. He has also served as the Adult and Youth Chair of the Neighborhood Planning Council. Councilmember Thomas is a member of the YMCA, NAACP, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Woodridge Boys and Girls Club.


Councilmember Thomas is married to Diane Romo Thomas, MSW. They are active sports enthusiasts, and their children share their spirit of competition and sportsmanship. 

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