Thomas W. Costello
|Born||July 8, 1945|
Rutland, Vermont, USA
Thomas W. Costello (born July 8, 1945) is a politician from the U.S. state of Vermont.He served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1976 to 1980, and from 1994 to 2000.
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.
The Vermont House of Representatives is the lower house of the Vermont General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Vermont. The House comprises 150 members, with each member representing around 4,100 citizens. Representatives are elected to a two-year term without term limits.
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;he went on to earn his law degree from Boston University Law School in 1974. He has four brothers, including Admiral Barry M. Costello.
Rutland is a town in Rutland County, Vermont, in the United States. The population was 4,054 at the 2010 census. Rutland completely surrounds the city of Rutland, which is incorporated separately from the town of Rutland. The villages of Rutland Town effectively comprise the inner suburbs of Rutland City.
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.
Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. It is located 45 miles (72 km) south of the Canada–United States border and 94 miles (151 km) south of Montreal. The city's population was 42,452 according to a 2015 U.S. census estimate. It is the least populous municipality in the United States to be the most populous incorporated area in a state.
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.
The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines or U.S. Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations with the United States Navy as well as the Army and Air Force. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
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.
The Bronze Star Medal, unofficially the Bronze Star, is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.
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. [ citation needed ]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.
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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A general election was held in the U.S. state of Vermont on November 2, 2004. All of Vermont's executive officers were up for election as well as Vermont's at-large seat in the U.S. House and Class 3 U.S. Senate seat. The 2004 presidential election was also held at the same time.
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.
Meanwhile, incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie easily defeated his chief rival, Democrat Tom Costello, although the Democrat did not concede defeat right away