A Representative from Illinois; born in Atlanta, Logan County, Ill., September 19, 1935; B.S., Millikin University, Decatur, Ill., 1957; J.D., John Marshall School of Law, Chicago, Ill., 1968; United States Army Reserve, 1957-1963, active duty, 1958; assistant state attorney for Livingston County, Ill., 1968-1973; member, Republican State Central Committee, 1986- 1990; member, Illinois state house of representatives, 1974-1991; delegate to the Republican national conventions,1980 and 1984; farmer; appointed chairman of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, 2001- present; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Second Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward R. Madigan; reelected to the One Hundred Third and to the three succeeding Congresses, (July 2, 1991-January 3, 2001); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Seventh Congress; is a resident of Pontiac, Ill.
Thomas W. Ewing Thomas W. Ewing is of counsel to the firm. Prior to joining Davis & Harman LLP, Mr. Ewing served in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected in 1991 from the 15th Illinois Congressional District and served five consecutive terms before retiring at the end of the 2000 Congressional session.
As a member of Congress, Mr. Ewing served on the House Committee on Agriculture and as chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Risk Management and Specialty Crops, and played a major role in the passage of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. He is a leading expert on agriculture issues, specifically those involving commodity futures and derivatives, crop insurance, and risk management. He also served on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the House Committee on Science, the Committee on House Administration, and the Joint Economic Committee.
His considerable legislative experience in the transportation area was in the fields of aviation and surface transportation. He also was a leader in expanding foreign trade, particularly the export of agricultural commodities, and was a leading proponent of China's entry into the World Trade Organization. Mr. Ewing was an advocate of regulatory reform, expanded rural health care, and higher education.
Before his election to Congress, Mr. Ewing was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives (1975-1991), where he was named Assistant Minority Leader in 1982 and Deputy Minority Leader in 1990. He was in private practice in Illinois with the firm of Satter, Ewing & Beyer for 22 years and is a member of the Illinois Bar. Congressman Ewing is currently not admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.
Congressman Ewing and his wife Connie who reside in Pontiac, Illinois and Washington, D.C., are the parents of six grown children.