August 27, 2001

HSLDA Welcomes New National Center Director

Home School Legal Defense Association welcomes attorney Tom Washburne as our new director of the National Center for Home Education. Tom replaces Doug Domenech, who recently joined the U.S. Department of the Interior as part of President George W. Bush's administration.

"Tom Washburne is a great addition to HSLDA. His wealth of experience and knowledge in legislative and legal arenas will strengthen our efforts to protect home school freedoms on Capitol Hill," said HSLDA President Mike Smith.

After completing his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Purdue University, Tom received his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Indiana. From 19901993, he clerked for Judge Dillin of the United States District Court in Indianapolis, and then worked for a general practice law firm. Most recently, Tom served as chief of staff for Congressman John Hostettler (8th IN-R) on Capitol Hill.

"I am excited with the new challenges I face in my job as executive director of the National Center, and I am thrilled with the opportunity to work on behalf of home schooling families," Tom said.

Tom and his wife Lynne have five children, ages 5 months to 10 years, whom they have home schooled from the beginning. The Washburnes live in Lovettesville, Virginia, on a small farm with 36 sheep, eight cats, two dogs, and one horse.