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Sgt Thomas J. Norton

Sgt Norton is a combat veteran of the US Army National Guard
He is running for United States House of Representatives in
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The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is endorsing the 131st of 139 endorsed Combat Veteran For Congress in 12 years; Sergeant Thomas J. Norton, USANG (https://tom.gop), is a fiscally conservative candidate who will work to rein in the out of control spending by irresponsible members of Congress, work toward reducing the national debt, support increasing the strength of the US military, will support the Freedom of Speech & Religion, will support the 2nd Amendment’s Right to Bear Arms, support closing the wide open southern border, and support the Free Enterprise System to stimulate private sector business development.  Sgt Norton of Jenison, Michigan, has served his country proudly in the US Army National Guard for 6 ½  years and is running in the 3rd Congressional District of Michigan, for the seat of one term Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI-3).  

When Peter Meijer took office in January 2021, he was intent on holding up conservative values in Washington.  Then Vice President Mike Pence campaigned with him in October 2020.  However, less than two weeks into his term, he became one of the “impeachment 10” with a vote to impeach President Trump.  This treasonous behavior is not representative of our values.     

In September of 2021, Peter Meijer voted Yea on H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2022.  The bill also included a red-flag law that will enable law enforcement officers to take an individual’s legally possessed firearm without due process. In addition, it would require everyone to register for the draft, including women.  

In August 2021, after President Biden moved to withdraw American troops from the area, Meijer made an unauthorized visit to Afghanistan.  It was a dangerous overstepping of privilege, further tarnished by the fact that many Americans and American allies were trying desperately to leave the hostile area, yet Meijer did not try to save any of them.  Though his term has been short, it has been filled with censure by various counties in his district and a number of unwise decisions based on emotion rather than Constitutional directive. 

Tom comes from a family with a long history of serving their country.  His grandfather, Tech Sgt Oscar Norton, USA saw combat in the Pacific Theatre during WWII with the 3rdBattalion 126th infantry Regiment (3-126), the Ghost Mountain Boys in the 32nd Red Arrow Division, serving with General Douglas MacArthur.  His grandfather, Navy Chief Petty Officer Robert Mays, saw combat in the Pacific Theatre in Manila and in the submarine force during WWII.  In 1964, during the Vietnam conflict, his uncle Sgt Dave Thurston, USA served in the infantry and with the Riverine Force on patrol boats in the Mekong Delta; he retired as a Master Sergeant in 2002 ending his career in the military with 8 years active and 30 years in the National Guard.  During the Vietnam conflict, his Uncle, Cpl John Mays, USA served as a mechanic in Vietnam and was Honorably Discharged in 1969.  Although Tom’s father, Edward Norton, volunteered for duty in Vietnam twice, he was rejected because of a medial skin condition.  

Tom Norton was born on September 15, 1982, in Grand Rapids, MI, was raised in Rockford, MI, and attended Greenville High School, in Greenville, MI.  He wrestled and played football, graduating in June 2001.  In 2003, while Tom was employed as the manager of the grocery department in Meijers in Greenville, he studied online with American Intercontinental University in Hoffman Estates, IL; in 3 ½ years, in June 2006, Tom received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Economics. 

On  February 12, 2008, Thomas Norton was sworn into the US Army National Guard at the Military Entrance Processing station in Lansing, MI, and because he had a BA in Accounting and Economics, he was given the rank a Specialist (E-4).  In April, 2008, SPC Norton departed for Basic and Advanced Individual Training with the First Battalion, 150th Infantry Regiment, which is permanently assigned at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA for all infantry training.  In July 2008, upon completion of Boot Camp, SPC Tom Norton was assigned to the 1st Battalion126 Cavalry Unit (1-126 CAV) of the US Army National Guard, based in Wyoming, MI.  The 1-126th is the same Army National Guard Unit that his grandfather Tech Sgt Norton served in during WWII, after WWII it was switched from an Infantry Unit to a Cavalry Unit.

In August 2009, Tom accepted a position as an Escalation Specialist with Charter Communications in Grand Rapid, MI.  From 2009 to 2011, Tom was the State Affiliates Coordinator for the Grand Rapids I-Caucus Group, which is a national organization established by former Congressman Chavez, in order to organize volunteers and help empower people to help candidates in politics, as an alternate to only seeking funding to support candidates in politics.  In 2011, he became the 3rd District Coordinator and still holds that position.

SPC Norton deployed from Camp Shelby Army Base, located in Hattiesburg, MS to Afghanistan in December 2011 with 1-126 (CAV) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  They arrived at Camp Cobb, a Special Operations Command base housing Rangers, Navy Seals, DOA, FBI, and Green Berets, near Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  The unit was assigned for Scouting, Reconnaissance and Guard Duty.  SPC Norton was a team leader and was assigned base guard assignment, supervised and oversaw guest arrivals, and completed other necessary full spectrum operations.  In July 2012, SPC Norton returned to Camp Shelby.

Upon returning to the States in July 2012, SPC Norton was promoted to Training NCO and assisted his battalion in moving soldiers back to the States.  During this time, SPC Norton held Secret Security Clearance.  He oversaw mission training and battle operations for 1-126 CAV.  On September 17, 2013, SPC Norton was promoted to Sergeant.  In July 2013, Tom accepted a position as the District Marketing Manager with Bath Fitters in Wyoming, MI.

Sgt Thomas Norton, USANG was Honorably Discharged on August 12, 2014 after serving 6 ½  years in the US Army National Guard.  His awards include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and various Service and Campaign Medals. 

In October 2014, Tom accepted a position as the Market Development Manager and Owning Partner at Northern Michigan Installations in Cedar Springs, MI.  He was a trustee for The Village of Sand Lake from 2014 to 2016.  In 2016, Tom was elected Village President, where he worked to upgrade The Village infrastructure, balanced the budget, and secured government grants.  Tom helped found the West Michigan Veteran’s Ranch, a spiritual retreat to bring hope and help for local Veterans returning from combat.  In 2017, Tom accepted a position as the Commercial Sales Representative and District Sales Trainer with Leaf Filters Home Solutions in Grand Rapids, MI.  In April 2019, Tom announced his candidacy to run for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District of Michigan to take on Cong Justin Amash who switched parties from Republican to Independent, and voted to impeach President Trump. 

Tom Norton has been endorsed by President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn, USA (Ret), President Ronald Reagan’s Former Assistant Secretary of Energy, the late Norman Hughes, Kent County Commissioner Tom Antor, Calhoun County Commissioner Tommy Miller, Algoma Township Supervisor and former Michigan State Majority Whip Kevin Green, former State Senator and Candidate for Governor Patrick Colebeck, former RNC Committeeman and State Representative Col Dave Agema, USA (Ret), multiple Township Trustees, Front Line For Freedom Radio Talk Show Host Lt Col Dennis J. Gillem, USMA ’64, USA (Ret),  and the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC.  Tom Norton is a member of the American Legion (Tom was an American Legion Post Commander from 2014-2016), the NRA, and the VFW.  Tom, his wife Jami, and their children Sienna age 13, Caitlyn age 12, and Michael age 10 are active members of St. Paul Lutheran Church Located in Greenville, Michigan. 

 

The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is pleased to endorse Sergeant Thomas J. Norton, USANG who will bring to Congress private sector skills and wisdom to better solve problems in government and represent the 3rd Congressional District of Michigan and the Republic.  If you review SGT Norton’s positions on his website, you would be pleased with his policies; they agree with the Combat Veterans For Congress Mission Statement.  We look forward to working with SGT Norton and are pleased that a Combat Veteran of his caliber is running for Congress.  

 

If you have friends, associates, or relatives who know voters in the 3rd Congressional District of Michigan, kindly pass along this message to them, and ask them to support SGT Tom Norton by working in his campaign, providing financial support for his campaign in any amount, and/or by networking with others who would be willing to support his campaign.  The military is one of the few remaining institutions producing the caliber of men and women needed to restore this nation to the greatness our Founding Fathers envisioned.  We have endorsed another Combat Veteran For Congress that General George Washington would have approved of.  He is a Veteran who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including his life.”

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