Tom's roots in Western PA run deep. He is originally from Monessen, PA. His grandfather was a steel worker in the Monessen Wheeling-Pitt plant, and his dad was a teacher and basketball coach at Mon-Valley Catholic High School, until they moved to the eastern part of the state in 1968. Tomís uncle Joe Gladys coached Monessen football for more than 3 decades, ending his coaching career in the 1980ís.
Tom started college at Pitt in 1980: the next year he opted to join the US Navy. While in the Navy, Tom was a nuclear machinist mate, serving as a chief reactor watch on the USS Nimitz, CVN-68. While in the Navy, Tom finished his bachelorís degree requirements, and was awarded that degree in 1988, about 9 months after his honorable discharge.
After the Navy, Tom and his wife Betty wanted to be around family, so they moved back to western PA in 1990 to start a family of their own. Tom and Betty have two daughters, ages 15 and 11. In the past few years, the Kovach family has added another member, Jean Pierre, a student from Rwanda. He began living with the Kovach family in the spring of 2004, but became a member of the family not long after they met him in the fall of 2000.
Tom used his veteranís benefits to get a Masterís Degree in Public and International Affairs, graduating in 1995 from Pittís Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Since then, he has taught classes in macro and micro economics at Pitt and Waynesburg College as an adjunct faculty member, as well as several other history and public policy classes.
Tom is currently employed by an insurance company as a risk control engineer, servicing a variety of accounts throughout western PA, including steel mills and plastics and chemical plants.
Tom's message to you:
I am Tom Kovach, and I'm running for U.S. Congress because I know our government can create more opportunities for average Americans to take advantage of. We are going to change the present so that from now on, people get a bigger share of America's economic pie (for the last 30 years, they've been getting a smaller share). We will take responsibility, and end the mortgaging our futures and the futures of our children to pay for higher education. We will see to it that the very wealthy shoulder more of the tax burden, their fair share. We will see to it that we pay less for health care, while getting better benefits. And finally, we will no longer allow America to be a doormat for corporations.
Our current representative has, from day one, been a rubber stamp for the likes of big corporations and Tom DeLay. I will provide the type of representation in Washington our district deserves. I need your help to return our country back to the middle class.
As for our campaign philosophy, there was a time in this country when campaigns were run by local people in the community, true stakeholders who felt real passion and commitment for their neighbors and the for people they chose to represent them. This campaign is turning back the clock to that time. We are inviting people from every walk of life to join our campaign. This grassroots push will work hand-in-hand with support from Democratic party officials to show we are the party of cooperation and can get things accomplished by all working together.
I invite everyone to join us and sign up as a volunteer today!
Tom's Quote of the Day: "This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men, who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them, cannot be enslaved."