Meet Tom Killion

Killion-Portrait.jpgTom is a native of Delaware County and has represented the people of the 168th Legislative District since June 2003, when he was sworn into office following a special election to fill the seat of the late Speaker Matt Ryan.  Tom currently serves as chief deputy whip for the Republican House Caucus. He also serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Insurance Committee, Liquor Control Committee and Consumer Affairs Committee.

Prior to his service in the legislature, Killion was Chairman of Delaware County Council, where he served local residents from 1992 to 2000.  While on Council, Tom was instrumental in the effort to convince SAP American to establish its North American headquarters in Pennsylvania. Now the third largest software firm in the world, SAP's offices in Newtown Square is home to 2,500 employees and has attracted a range of spin-off industries to locate in the region.  

Tom is committed to keeping taxes low, fighting for fiscal responsibility in state government, finding innovative funding solutions to preserve open space, and improving our state’s healthcare.  To achieve these and other policy goals, Tom makes good use of his background in local and state government, his work in the private sector, and his diverse experience serving local non-profit organizations.

Tom has been active in a diverse range of non-profit organizations.  He helped raise private dollars for the creation of a new Rocky Run YMCA branch and worked to improve the quality of life for residents through the Healthy Communities Initiative and Domestic Abuse Project.  Tom also served as a board member of Elwyn, Inc. and the Delaware County Cerebral Palsy Association, both of which support residents with mental and physical disabilities. Tom is a long time supporter of improving the states’ library system, serving as President of the Rachel Kohl library board.  A former Vice Chairman of the Chester Heights Planning Commission, Killion has been a longtime advocate of smart growth and land preservation issues.

As the founder of a small business, Tom knows first-hand the impact of government on our economic and community life.   He has been a consistent voice in Harrisburg for common-sense solutions to the problems faced by our hard-working families and businesses.  In addition, his work on the Advisory Committee for Penn State University’s Brandywine campus has provided Tom special insight into the unique higher education needs for Pennsylvania.  

During his long history of community service, Killion has served on various other boards and organizations.  These include the Children and Adult Disability and Educational Services (CADES), SEPTA, VisitPhilly, the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, Southeastern PA Chamber of Commerce, and the Southeastern PA Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  

In 2004, 2006 and, 2015, Killion was named the Legislator of the Year by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. In 2004 Killion received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council.  Previously, he received the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society’s Legislator of the Year Award, Penn State Brandywine’s Outstanding Alumni Award, the SPCA Animal Welfare Leadership Award, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Helen Sigel Wilson Volunteer Recognition Award, and the American Red Cross David Henderson Humanitarian Award.

He and his wife Eileen live in Middletown and have two adult daughters. Tom is a graduate of Penn State University and Cardinal O’Hara High School.