Thomas W. Costello

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Thomas W. Costello
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Born (1945-07-08) July 8, 1945 (age 73)
Rutland, Vermont, USA
Political party Democratic
Profession Lawyer

Thomas W. Costello (born July 8, 1945) is a politician from the U.S. state of Vermont. [1] [2] He served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1976 to 1980, and from 1994 to 2000.

Vermont State of the United States of America

Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders the U.S. states of Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Vermont is the second-smallest by population and the sixth-smallest by area of the 50 U.S. states. The state capital is Montpelier, the least populous state capital in the United States. The most populous city, Burlington, is the least populous city to be the most populous city in a state. As of 2015, Vermont was the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States. In crime statistics, it was ranked since 2016 as the safest state in the country.

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Early life and education

Thomas Costello, the son of Bartley and Catherine Costello, was born in Rutland, Vermont, where he grew up. He graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in 1963. He graduated from Saint Michael's College in Burlington in 1968; [3] he went on to earn his law degree from Boston University Law School in 1974. [4] He has four brothers, including Admiral Barry M. Costello.

Rutland (town), Vermont Place in Rutland, Vermont

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Saint Michaels College private Catholic college in Vermont

Saint Michael's College is a private, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college in Colchester, Vermont. Saint Michael's was founded in 1904 by the Society of Saint Edmund. Saint Michael's College grants Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in over 30 majors to their 1,600 undergraduate students. Housing availability is guaranteed for all four years although about 10% of students, primarily upperclassmen, live off campus.

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Military service

From 1968 through 1971, Costello was an officer (First Lieutenant) in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War. He was in combat and received a Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor and a Purple Heart. Costello served in the period between his graduation from Saint Michael's and his enrollment at Boston University Law School. [4]

United States Marine Corps Amphibious warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces

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Vietnam War 1955–1975 conflict in Vietnam

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was an undeclared war in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; South Vietnam was supported by the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war from some US perspectives. It lasted some 19 years with direct U.S. involvement ending in 1973 following the Paris Peace Accords, and included the Laotian Civil War and the Cambodian Civil War, resulting in all three countries becoming communist states in 1975.

Bronze Star Medal United States military decoration for wartime meritorious service or valor

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Costello has practiced law since he graduated law school. He practiced at Webber & Costello in Rutland from 1974 until 1980, when he moved to Brattleboro. From 1980 to 1983 he practiced with Elliot Barber at Barber & Costello. He then started his own firm, Costello Law Offices, where he practices to this day. [4] He served on the Vermont Advisory Committee of Civil Rules from 1988 until 1991 and on the Special Committee on Judicial Retention and Confirmation in 1990. He later served on Vermont's Judicial Nominating Committee from 1998-2002. He served on the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors from 1990-97.[ citation needed ]

Political career

Costello was a representative in the Vermont House of Representatives for Rutland City from 1976 to 1980, when he moved to Brattleboro, Vermont. He served three additional terms in the legislature from 1994 through 2000, representing the Town of Brattleboro. During his five terms in the House, Costello was the Chair of the Judiciary Committee (from 1994 though 1998) and Chair of the Committee on General, Housing & Military affairs (from 1999 through 2000).

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2008 Election

On September 9, 2008 Costello faced off against Nate Freeman, a local businessman, in the primary. Amid a low turnout Costello won with 61% of the vote but lost to incumbent Republican Brian Dubie in the general election. [2] [5] [6]

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  1. "Obama, Welch cruise to victory in Vermont". USA Today. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2010-01-18. Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, a Republican, was ahead in his race against Democrat Tom Costello. He had 57% of the vote, with three-quarters of precincts reporting.
  2. 1 2 "Douglas elected to fourth term". Times November 4, 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-18. Meanwhile, incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie easily defeated his chief rival, Democrat Tom Costello, although the Democrat did not concede defeat right away
  3. "Democrat Tom Costello for lieutenant governor". Addison County Independent. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
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  5. Rutland Herald article.
  6. "Douglas elected to fourth term". Times Argus. Retrieved October 22, 2012.