Tom Brierton was raised on the family farm in Franklin Grove, Illinois, a small town
about 2 hours west of Chicago. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a degree in political science.
Coming from a family with a tradition of public service in local government and community organizations, Tom decided to pursue a career in government and public
service after finishing college. After starting work in the district office of an Illinois
Member of Congress, he ultimately transferred out to Washington, DC in 1995 to work
on Capitol Hill. During his time on the Hill, Tom worked in a variety of staff positions for
two different Members and at two different congressional committees.
Leaving Capitol Hill in January 2007, Tom founded Franklin Creek Consulting, a federal
lobbying and policy consulting firm specializing in Native American policy issues. He
currently represents several large and well-known American Indian tribes and
commercial gaming interests throughout the United States, with a heavy emphasis on
clients in the Midwest.
When not working, Tom returns home often to visit his parents and friends in Franklin
Grove, maintaining his close ties to the rural Illinois community where he grew up.