About Our Guest

Tom Perriello was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 representing the 5th District. Prior to that, he was a national security consultant and founded a number of faith-based organizations.

Born and raised in the 5th district, Tom is the youngest of four children of Vito and Linda Perriello. Tom was an Eagle Scout in the Stonewall Jackson Area Council, and he attended Albemarle County public schools and St. Anne’s-Belfield. From an early age, he was taught that a strong faith is a lived faith. His parents raised him to believe that to whom much is given, much is expected, and those lessons have shaped his lifelong commitment to service.

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Program Transcript

Jan Paynter: Hello again. I’m Jan Paynter and this is Politics Matters. Our guest today is Tom Perriello, member of the House of Representatives from the Virginia 5th District. Congressman Perriello achieved a remarkable surprise victory in 2008, as most all of us know, over six term incumbent Virgil Goode. Tom is from the Charlottesville area, took a BA and JD degrees from Yale University, has worked among other things as special advisor internationally in the service of soldiers, pro democracy groups and the wounded in Sierra Leone, worked with the furtherance of justice in Darfur, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

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