First elected to the State Assembly in 2014, Tom Lackey has been focused on providing common sense solutions to some of California’s most challenging issues. He has been a leader on providing strong public safety policies, and has been an advocate for affordable taxes, education improvements and job growth through private sector economic development. During his short time as a State Legislator, Lackey has championed successful efforts to combat the growing problem of drugged driving and provide increased state funding to support programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. After high school, Lackey served his church as a missionary for two years. Upon returning, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Utah State University, and later was an elementary special education teacher. He later went on to have a 28-year career with the California Highway Patrol, retiring in 2013. Lackey first entered elected public service as a member of the Palmdale Elementary School District Board of Trustees. He went on to serve two terms as a councilmember for City of Palmdale from 2005 to 2014.