Tom Mason has spent more than three decades at the intersection of marketing, public policy and media. He has served in senior-level positions in Congress, state government, journalism, as well as owning his own public affairs practice.
Tom began his career in journalism. He spent two years as a reporter at daily newspaper, and then four more as editor of a Minneapolis-based weekly journal of banking and finance. Between 1980 and 1990 he worked in the United States Senate, first as communications director in the office of Rudy Boschwitz (R-MN), then as chief of staff for James Abdnor (R-SD), and finally as director of communications and research for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, an arm of the U.S. Senate leadership. While at the NRSC, Campaigns & Elections magazine named him one of the “Rising Stars” of the national GOP.
From 1990-1995 Tom was president of Gannon McCarthy Mason, Ltd., a public affairs communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City that split it services between politics and corporate activism. He left that partnership to become publisher and editor of Twin Cities Business Monthly, a magazine that was named best regional business magazine in America five times during his five-year tenure.
U.S. Senator Norm Coleman named Tom chief of staff in his Washington, D.C. office in 2002. In 2005, he joined the personal office staff of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, as senior adviser. He served as co-chair of Pawlenty’s 2006 re-election campaign.
He founded Mason Public Affairs, Inc. in January 2006. His client list has included Enterprise Minnesota, Target Corporation, Comcast, the Mayo Clinic, the Nethercutt Foundation, Bluewater Strategies, the Buyers’ Health Care Action Group, the Minnesota Smart Buy Alliance, and the Conservative Leadership Alliance.
Tom has consulted with political parties and candidates in the emerging democracies of Bulgaria, and Ukraine, most notably for Bulgarian President Petar Stoyonov.
Tom attended the University of Minnesota, where he was an editor and columnist at the Minnesota Daily. He did not complete his degree.
Tom has served on the following boards: The Memorial Blood Centers of Minnesota, the Minnesota Council on Quality,the Capital City Partnership, the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Turnaround Management Association and the Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitors’ Association.
Tom lives in North Oaks, Minnesota, with his wife of 33 years, Paula.
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