About Thomas A. Speciale II
Why am I running?
I swore an oath to defend all Americans all the way back in 1987. This is the fight we are in. I’m not just fighting for the Republicans or the Conservatives. I’m fighting for all Virginians. Indeed I am fighting for all Americans. The Constitution doesn’t make a distinction – liberal, conservative, Democrat or Republican, black or white or brown, gay or straight, rich or poor. Neither do I. I’m fighting to get back our American dream, a dream the Democrats have worked to destroy for the last 50 years.
I would much rather be spending my time with my family or with my Cub Scouts than running for U.S. Senate, but I can no longer sit on the sidelines while the Democrats work to destroy who we are and erase everything we have achieved.
I’m getting into the fight because I am sick and tired of the country club liberal elites like Mark Warner who have spent their entire political careers working to dismantle the American Dream. I am fighting to restore our liberty and give the government back to the people.
Since 1987, I have served on Active Duty or in the Army Reserves at tactical, operational, and strategic levels and continue to serve today in the Army Reserves as a Chief Warrant Officer (CW3). I served in Afghanistan alongside U.S. Special Forces and am well-known as a bulldog when it comes to training and taking care of my Soldiers. I will do everything to keep our American military the greatest fight force in the world.
Since 2005, I have served in the military or the intelligence community as a subject matter expert on terrorism and Middle Eastern conflict issues. I am intimately familiar with the mosaic of threats we face across the Middle East and beyond. I will do everything possible to protect our country from all enemies foreign and domestic.
I will fight against the Socialist agenda to take away our rights to protect ourselves and protect our children.
I make the following promises:
- I will restore faith in your government.
- I will protect and restore your Constitutional Rights and liberties.
- I will ensure we are never again attacked or threatened by Iran, Russia or China.
- I will keep Virginia from becoming a sanctuary state.
- I will get comprehensive immigration reform and secure our southern border.
- I will confront the myth of “gun violence” with the reality of mental illness in our country.
- I will work to make the American education system the best education system in the world.
- I will work to achieve justice reform.
- I will make sure the U.S. military remains the strongest military in the world and in space.
I was born to Marcia and Tom Speciale in Peoria, Illinois in March of 1969. We were poor but working class. My parents always worked. Neither graduated from college or ever had a “career” per say. They raised me to, as my dad would say, “Work one square foot at a time.” My mom inspired me to get an education and my grandmother and my dad inspired me to never ever quit. I wasn’t raised to see obstacles. I was raised to see opportunities.
I made mistakes in my youth but I always took responsibility for them and drove on. I was married from 1991 to 2005 and I have two wonderful children from that marriage, Thomas (age 21) and Sophia (age 18). Tommy currently serves in the U.S. Navy. I am now remarried since 2011 to Amy and have an amazing step-son, Evan (age 17), and a son, Nicholas (age 8).
I come from a military family – my father served, my brother served, all my grand fathers served. I joined the Army Reserves in 1987 and have served everyday since then, except a few years while in college, either in the Reserves or on Active Duty. Currently, I am a Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) in the Army Reserves.
I attended Illinois State University where I earned my Bachelors of Science Degree in Political Science with a focus on Middle Eastern Studies and Conflict Resolution. In 2014, I earned my Masters in International Relations and Conflict Resolution with a Concentration in International and Transnational Security Issues from American Military University.
I have worked as a security guard, as a convenience store clerk, delivered pizzas, bought and resold government surplus, operated rental properties, worked in my father’s restaurants, and had many other jobs as well. I worked for the VA as a vocational rehabilitation assistant, at IBM as a site operations manager and as a Blimpie sandwich shop regional manager. In January 2001, I moved to the DC area where I worked as a international media relations manager for a small non-for-profit. I was at a meeting only a few blocks away from the Pentagon when the 9/11 attacks occurred.
On September 12th, 2001, I drove to New York City. The images are forever burned into my memory of the ash covered glass cases in abandoned jewelry stores and plates of food in restaurants and the desolate ash and dust covered streets of New York City. I will never forget.
In the Army Reserves I have served as an Military Policeman (1987-1991) and Psychological Operations Specialist (1999-2001). On Active Duty I have served as a Field Artillery Forward Observer (1991-1994), an Infantrymen (2002-2005) and a Human Intelligence Collection Specialist/Interrogator (2005-2009). I became a Warrant Officer and Human Intelligence Collection Technician in 2009. I have served across the United States and around the world in Korea, California, Alaska, North Carolina, Afghanistan, Reston, VA and Washington, DC. I have received numerous awards over the years and am a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
In 2009, after returning from Afghanistan, I returned to Washington and worked as a reservist on orders or as a government contractor at the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Counterterrorism Center, the Defense Combating Terrorism Center or at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Finally, I am a Cub Master for one of the largest Cub Scout Packs in the United States and I own a very small (very small) firearm safety training company where I promote responsible firearm ownership.
I smoke cigars, drink beer, drive a Jeep, ride a Harley, shoot guns, train Soldiers and Cub Scouts and am unafraid of speaking truth to power especially when it comes to protecting our country.
Read The Book
If you want to know more, you can read my complete autobiography available through Amazon. I am donating twenty-five percent (25%) of the net proceeds of this book to fund children’s brain cancer research in memory of my beloved friend Mark Linder from Peoria, Illinois. I am also giving twenty-five percent (25%) of the net proceeds of this book to fund mental health services specifically regarding depression and suicide. After I am elected to US Senate the remaining fifty percent (50%) of net proceeds will be given to support wounded warriors and to care for homeless veterans.
Get Into The Fight
"If there must be trouble let it be in my day,
that my child may have peace."