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MEET TOMMY

Tommy Vallejos was born in the barrios of Roswell, New Mexico.  He lost two brothers and a stepfather to gang violence on the streets that surrounded his young life. In an effort to escape the streets, Tommy joined the United States Army in 1980.

Tommy's life further changed on September 7, 1987 when he became a Christian while serving in South Korea.  As a Staff Sergeant in the Army, he fought in the Gulf War leading an infantry platoon from the 101st Airborne Division into combat and was awarded the Bronze Star for Action.  In 1997, while serving in Germany, he and his wife founded the Christian Servicemen Center in Hohenfels.  He retired from the US Army in 2001 as a Sergeant First Class, with over 21 years of service to his country as an Infantryman.

In 2010, Tommy Vallejos became the first Hispanic in Tennessee history to be elected as a County Commissioner. He serves District 14 in Montgomery County, and is in his second four-year term.  Tommy has served on the Montgomery County Commission Budget Committee, the School Liaison Committee, the Personnel Committee, the Rules Committee and the Delinquent Tax Committee.  Tommy currently serves on the following Montgomery County Commission committees:

- Airport Authority
- Bi-county Waste Committee
- Budget Committee
- Jail & Juvenile Committee
- Legislative Committee
- Loss Prevention Committee
- Clarksville Economic Development Council

During his tenure as President of the Tennessee County Commissioner Association, Tommy represented all ninety-five Tennessee counties in stopping unfunded mandates.

In 2016, the Tennessee General Assembly honored Tommy Vallejos for his contributions to the local community, including his leadership as the Chairman of Latinos for Tennessee, a local non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting faith, family, freedom and fiscal responsibility to the Latino community in Tennessee.  

Tommy is also the former Associate Pastor at Faith Outreach Church in Clarksville, and is known for his commitment to stopping gang violence.  He travels around the country teaching gang awareness classes to schools, communities, and churches, and he also counsels and mentors former gang members, helping them become productive members of their communities. Tommy regularly preaches the Gospel to prison inmates, providing hope and restoration to those who feel lost.  He is a graduate of North Tennessee Bible Institute & Seminary with Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology.

Tommy has been married for thirty-five years to the love of his life, Caroline, and they live in Clarksville.  They are the proud parents of four children, and loving grandparents of seven grandchildren.  

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