ENG: Thomas Harold Massie (born January 13, 1971) is the United States Representative of Kentucky's 4th congressional district, a seat he won in a 2012 special election. He is a former Judge-Executive of Lewis County, Kentucky. The seat was held by Congressman Geoff Davis, who announced his decision to retire in December 2011, and resigned from office in July 2012.
In 2010, Massie announced his intention to seek the office of Lewis County Judge Executive; he went on to defeat the incumbent by a large margin. In 2012, Massie announced his run for the seat most recently occupied by Congressman Geoff Davis. On November 6, 2012, Massie defeated Bill Adkins in both the special and general election.
Early life, education, and business career
Thomas Massie was born in Huntington, West Virginia. He grew up in Vanceburg, Kentucky and met his future wife, Rhonda.
He earned a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 1993, at MIT, he and his wife started a successful company, called SensAble Devices Inc. Massie was the winner in 1995 of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for inventors. The company was re-incorporated as SensAble Technologies, Inc. in 1996 after partner Bill Aulet joined the company. They raised $32 million of venture capital, had 24 different patents, and 70 other employees.
After Massie sold the company, he and his wife moved back to their hometown in Lewis County.
They raised their children on a farm, where he built his own off-the-grid timberframe house.
Political career - Judge Executive of Lewis County
In 2010, after attending several local political meetings in Lewis County, Kentucky, Massie decided to pursue the office of Judge Executive of Lewis County, in order to fight what he considered wasteful spending and intrusion into the lives of the county's citizens by the government. Massie won the primary election, defeating the incumbent by a large margin, and went on to defeat his Democratic opponent by nearly 40 points. Massie also campaigned for then-U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul, speaking to various Tea Party groups on his behalf.
2012 U.S. Congressional election
In December 2011, Congressman Geoff Davis announced his decision to retire from his seat in Kentucky's 4th congressional district. After several other officeholders announced their candidacies for the seat, Massie announced his decision to join the race on January 10, 2012.
Massie has been endorsed by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, and his father, Texas Congressman Ron Paul. He has also received endorsements from FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, Gun Owners of America, and Young Americans for Liberty.
On May 22, 2012, Thomas Massie was elected as the Republican nominee for the 4th congressional district, beating his closest opponents, State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington and Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore, by a double-digit margin. In his victory speech, Massie thanked "the Tea Party, the liberty movement, and grassroots Ronald Reagan Republicans", along with with his campaign staff such as Phil Moffett, Ryan Hogan and adviser Matt Collins. Massie was challenged by Democrat Bill Adkins in the general election, and was widely expected to win the election by a wide margin.
Massie resigned as Lewis County Judge-Executive, effective June 30, 2012, in order to focus on his campaign for U.S. Congress, and allow an election to be immediately held in order to replace him.
He was succeeded by Deputy Lewis County Judge-Executive John Patrick Collins, who was appointed temporarily by Governor Steve Beshear. On July 31, 2012, Congressman Geoff Davis resigned from office, citing a family health issue for his abrupt departure. A special election was called by Governor Steve Beshear to take place on the same day as the general election, November 6, 2012, meaning that voters will elect one representative for a 2-month special term, and another representative for a 2-year term. Thomas Massie and Bill Adkins are the nominees for both elections. On August 1, 2012, the Republican Party committee for Kentucky's 4th Congressional district voted unanimously to endorse Massie as the party's nominee once a special election was called.
On November 6, 2012, Massie won both the general and special elections, defeating his opponent by a wide margin.
Massie was therefore sworn into office immediately after the election, on November 13, 2012, filling the vacancy left by Geoff Davis.
Massie resides in Garrison, Kentucky, with his wife, Rhonda, and four children, in a solar-powered home that Massie built himself.