Tom was born and raised on his family dairy farm in Lee County, graduating from Beauregard High School in 1988. In 1994 he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1999.
Before enrolling at Auburn, Senator Whatley enlisted in the Alabama Army National Guard in 1988 and has served 25 years. In 1992 he received his Commission from Auburn University ROTC and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel. His last overseas assignment was as the Bilateral Affairs Officer, Defense Attaché Office, United States Embassy, Bucharest Romania where he served as a diplomatic liaison between the US Embassy and the Romanian Ministry of Defense.
Tom has served our communities in the Alabama State Senate since 2011 on committees that oversee issues affecting Alabama agriculture, banking, finance, healthcare, transportation and veterans. This year, Whatley introduced and passed bills that expand broadband coverage and provide health care to families living with Autism.
Senator Whatley resides in Auburn, is a member of the Opelika Kiwanis Club, the Lee County Cattleman’s Association, supports various civic organizations, attends Auburn United Methodist Church, & operates a small law firm. Tom is proud of what he's accomplished during his time as Senator, but knows there is much more work to do. That's why he's running to serve Lee, Russell and Tallapoosa counties again.