Deputy Mayor Tom Swanson

Tom Swanson's current term representing District 3 began January 1, 2016. He was selected by his fellow Councilmembers to serve as Deputy Mayor for 2018 and 2019.

Personal History

Tom moved to Puyallup at 11 months old. Raised by two Puyallup school teachers, he and his wife Meredith (a lifelong Puyallup resident) believe this is the perfect community to raise their sons Henry and Bennett.


Tom attended Spinning Elementary, Kalles Jr. High and graduated from Puyallup High School in 1997. Immediately after graduation, he served 5 years in the U.S. Navy, including 2 deployments to the Persian Gulf and being recalled for Operation Noble Eagle. During his time in the Navy and following, Tom earned degrees from Green River Community College, Southern Illinois University and a Master’s from Troy University.

Public Service

Tom has worked in the legislative process for several years. He served as staff in the Washington State House of Representatives and as an assistant to Pierce County Council member Joyce McDonald. Currently he works as a legislative analyst for Pierce County Council. As a member of the community, Tom served on the Board of Directors for the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce, the City of Puyallup Fire Merger Task Force and the City of Puyallup Planning Commission.

Tom currently serves on the following boards and committees:
  • Argus Manor Association Board
  • Community Organizations Funding Review Committee
  • Government Affairs Committee of the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce
  • LEOFF I Pension Disability Board
  • The One Another Foundation
  • Puyallup Chapter of the Association of the United States Army
  • Rainier Communications Commission, as RCC Vice President