District 27

Honorable Tommy A. Thomas

Serving Obion and Weakley counties

Office Locations


Dresden, Tenn.

Alma mater(s)

University of Tennessee at Martin, University of Tennessee College of Law

Election history

Appointed by Gov. Ned WcWherter in January 1990; Won a contested election to a full term in August 1990; Unopposed in 1998, 2006 and 2014.

After graduating from UT College of Law in 1978 and passing the Tennessee bar exam, Gen. Tommy Thomas returned to his native Weakley County to practice law in both Dresden and Martin. In 1986, Gen. Thomas was hired as a part-time Assistant District Attorney. There he prosecuted cases in the 27th Judicial District, which serves both Weakley and Obion counties. He said he always enjoyed “working to enforce the laws that make us safe” and fighting for justice on behalf of the people of Tennessee. It was that conviction that led him to successfully run for District Attorney General in 1990. Thirty years later, he continues to serve in this position. Gen. Thomas is married to Paula Thomas, and they have three adult children.  


  • Chairman of the Administrative Board of Dresden First United Methodist Church
  • Member of Dresden Elks Lodge and recipient of the 2005 “Elk of the Year” award
  • Past member and officer of Dresden Lions Club
  • Past president and current member of Dresden Rotary Club
  • Two-time recipient of the “Rotarian of the Year” award
  • Past member and chairman of the UTM Alumni Council
  • Past member of the University of Tennessee Board of Governors
  • Member of the UT President’s Club
  • Recipient of the UTM “Outstanding Young Alumnus” award
  • Past president of Dresden High School Booster Club
  • Past president of Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference
  • Past member of Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors
  • Founding and current board member of our local Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center
  • Founding and current member of the 27th Judicial District Drug Court
  • Founding board member and current chairman of the board of the 27th Judicial District Westate Community Corrections program
  • Board member of the 27th Judicial District Drug Task Force

Number and types of courts in your district:

Juvenile, General Sessions, Circuit Courts



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Dresden Criminal Office

119 North Poplar St.
Dresden, TN 38225
Phone: (731) 364-5513
Fax: (731) 364-5804

Union City Criminal Office

201 West Main, Suite A & B
Union City, TN 38281
Phone: (731) 884-2610
Fax: (731) 884-2615