Thomas M. McDermott Jr.—Statement of Candidacy

Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. has been the Mayor of Hammond, Indiana for 16 years. After winning an uncontested 5th term in November 2019 Tom decided it was time to run for Congress.

Growing up with a single mother, Tom did not have the means to attend college after high school. Instead, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served 6 years as a submariner, diver, and nuclear electrician aboard the nuclear fast attack submarine USS Hyman G. Rickover. Tom was deployed during the Persian Gulf War. As a veteran, Tom put himself through college at Purdue Northwest with the help of the GI Bill, all while working a full-time job and supporting his family. Tom’s next step was Notre Dame Law School and establishing a local law practice. In 2003, Tom decided to run for the Mayor of Hammond and was the youngest mayor elected to govern the city. Now, having served 16 years, he is also the longest-serving mayor.

In his free time, Tom volunteers as a youth baseball coach and enjoys cycling throughout Northwest Indiana, including along Hammond’s award-winning trail system. He resides in

Hammond, Lake County’s most populous city, with his wife, Lake County Circuit Court Judge Marissa McDermott, and his four children, Lindsey (9th grade English teacher), Chase (thirdyear law student at IUPUI), Tommy (sophomore at IUB), and Patrick (8th grader at St. John Bosco).

Tom is outspoken and transparent and appeals to a diverse group of voters. While he is known for his “Pro-Hammond” style – a reputation earned while serving as the city’s Mayor – Tom promises to bring the same energy and drive to representing everyone in the region. Tom is also is proud of his record of transparency. He holds a weekly radio show on WJOB AM 1230, established the Mayor’s Night Out program, and broadcasts all city events on, allowing residents access to city meetings and public events.

Tom has worked hard to improve the quality of life in Hammond. As the Mayor of

Hammond, he made deals with businesses to invest over $900 million into the city. Along with College Bound, a scholarship program that sends Hammond students to Indiana Colleges, Tom established a Legal Aid clinic in Hammond that has served thousands of residents in need of legal guidance and assistance. Tom supports unions and the right to organize. His daughter was an active member of the American Federation of Teachers, and as Mayor he has received endorsements from the AFT, Fraternal Order of Police, Fire Fighters, Teamsters, and the NWI Building and Construction Trades Council.

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