Tom was born and raised in Johnstown, PA. He is the oldest of four sons born to Norbert and the late Donna Jordan. His father owned and operated Auto Body Crafts Shop where he worked during the summer doing body work on cars. Tom was a member of Boy Scout Troop 219 in Johnstown and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1971. He graduated from Conemaugh Township High School, located in rural Somerset County, where he was his class president and received varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. Tom attended Shippensburg University and played for the Red Raider football team from 1975 to 1978. He graduated from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA, in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice.
Tom was hired by the State College Police Department in April of 1979 and worked in the Uniformed Patrol Division until 1982. He was then assigned to the rank of Detective in the Criminal Investigations Unit, where he remained until 2002. During his 20 years as a State College Police Detective he spent the majority of his career investigating sexual assault cases and violent crimes against person cases. Tom received four written commendations for his outstanding work in the Criminal Investigations Unit.
In 2002, Tom was appointed by Governor Mark Schweiker to fill the vacancy in District Court 49-3-04. He has continued to serve the residents of Penns Valley, Harris Twp., College Twp. and Spring Twp. for the past 12 plus years as the Magisterial District Judge. Tom and his wife of 35 years Laurie, live in Potter Township. All three of their children graduated from Penns Valley High School and are now married and successful professionals.