Thomas Tigue, American politician, Died at 70


Thomas M. Tigue was born on August 24, 1945, and died on February 1, 2016.
He was a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
In 1964, Thomas graduate of St. John’s High School and earned a degree in government from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1968.
Tigue served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, earning a Silver Star.
Thomas toil 27 years in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Tigue has pursued graduate studies at Marywood University.
Thomas was a Legislative Fellow at East Stroudsburg University and a member of the Pittston Area School Board.
He was first elected to represent the 118th legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1980.
During his career, he served as the Democratic chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
There, he was instrumental in establishing the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, a program providing financial assistance to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who are financially influenced by military service.
Thomas also co-sponsored of legislation giving the Governor the authority to call members of the Pennsylvania National Guard to state active duty in the event of emergencies in other states.
Thomas M. Tigue retired prior to the 2006 elections.
In December 2006, he became Managing Director of the Delaware River Maritime Enterprise Council.
Tigue was inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame, in July 2007.
Tigue sought an appointment to the Luzerne County Commission to replace Todd Vonderheid, in 2007, who decided to step down, she was defeated by former commissioner Rose Tucker 5-4.
Thomas Tigue passed away at 70 yrs old.