Profile

Tom Wheeler is a principal at Bose Public Affairs Group and a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans, where he leads the firm’s Election Law Group. He is also a member of the Bose McKinney & Evans Education and Litigation Groups. With a career spanning private practice, federal service and strategic advisory roles, Tom has provided legal and strategic counsel on campaign finance and election issues to political parties and candidates throughout the United States, including former Indiana Governor and Vice President Mike Pence, and served as chair of the Indiana Election Commission and the Indiana Recount Commission.

Prior to joining Bose Public Affairs Group, Tom was a principal and partner at a large, multistate firm, where he focused on government services, appellate practice, regulatory and administrative law.

During his tenure as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice, Tom was responsible for oversight of many of the DOJ’s sections, including disability rights, employment, housing and voting. He also served as a senior advisor to the White House Federal Commission on School Safety and as senior counsel to the Secretary of Education, where he focused on COVID-19 issues, collaborating with the CDC and HHS to develop guidelines for the safe reopening of schools.

Education

Tom is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Appointments / Memberships

Professional Memberships:

  • Federalist Society – Co-Founder Indiana University Maurer School of Law Chapter, member 1986 – present
  • American Bar Association, 1988 – present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, 1988-Present, Civil Rights Committee, 1993-1994, Council for Employment and Labor Law Board of Directors, 2002-2004, Veterans Affairs, 2014–present
  • National School Board Association, Council of School Attorneys, 1989-Present, Board of Directors, 2003-2014, Chair 2010-11, Secretary-2007, Legislative Committee; School Law Seminar Committee, Membership & State Council Relations Committee, Insurance Advisory Committee, Chair, and Publications Committee, Chair
  • Indiana School Safety Specialist Advisory Council Founder and speaker, 1999 – present
  • We the People Competition, Judge, 2006 – present
  • Republican National Lawyers Association – Board Member, First Vice Chair, 2004-2016, 2018 – present and President in 2024, Indiana Chapter, Chair, 2003 – 2007
  • Defense Research Institute, 1988 – 2014
  • Federal Bar Association, Indianapolis Chapter, 1996-2014, Secretary, 1999-2000, Vice-President, 2000-2002, President, 2003-2004
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 1988-2010, Founder and Chairman of the Employment Law Section, 1997-98, Chair of CLE/Seminar Committee, 1999-2000, Chair of Awards Committee, 2000-2002, Chair of Rules Committee, 2002, Board Member, 1999-2002
  • Local Rules Committee for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 1999-2000
  • Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Board Member & Fundraising Chair, 2002-2004
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2006-2014

Community Involvement:

  • White River State Park Commission, 2016-present
  • USS Indiana (SSN 789) Commissioning Committee, Treasurer, 2017–present
  • USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) Commissioning Committee, Treasurer, 2017–present
  • US Commission on Civil Rights, Advisory Committee – Presidential 4-year Appointment, 2021-present
  • Timmy Global Health, Board Member 2015-2018
  • Indiana State Recount Commission, Chair, 2009-2010
  • Indiana Election Commission, Chair, 2005-2010
  • Boone County Council – Indiana, Elected Member, 2002-2005
  • Boone County Economic Development Corporation, Board Member, 2003-2005