A native Texan, Tom Pauken was elected national chairman of the College Republicans during the rise of the anti-Vietnam protest movement. Enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1967, Tom served as a military intelligence officer in Vietnam.
Tom served on President Ronald Reagan’s White House staff. Named director of the Action agency by President Reagan, he eliminated the
use of federal tax dollars to fund Saul Alinsky-style, leftist organizers. At Action, Tom founded the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program and
implemented Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No to Drugs” campaign. For his meritorious service as director of Action, Tom Pauken was awarded the Ronald Reagan Medal of Honor by his fellow Reagan administration alumni.
Elected Texas Republican State Chairman in 1994, Tom helped build up a Republican majority in Texas from the grassroots.
A former venture-capital executive, Tom is a small business owner and the author of The Thirty Years War: The Politics of the ‘60s Generation. He currently serves as chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission.