Thomas Hawley, Attorney General of the United States
Senator Hawley has taken on corporate special interests to level the playing field for hardworking Americans. He’s taken steps to rein in big tech and Wall Street while supporting small businesses and innovation.
Hawley became widely respected for his live news reports from KSNV’s helicopter and his explorations into Las Vegas history through the “Video Vault” series.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Hawley was born in Madill, Oklahoma to George and Dorothy Hawley. A United States Army Veteran himself, Thomas also owned a carpet store in Phoenix while being an active member of Carpenter’s Union.
On January 10th 2020 at his Mounds, Oklahoma home, at 69 years of age and due to pancreatic cancer he passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children.
KSNV-TV reported that Hawley took great pleasure in researching his stories and was committed to factual accuracy. Before his death, he planned on turning over thousands of files to the University of Nevada Las Vegas Special Collections Department as well as filming an extensive series on Nevada history for “Video Vault”, covering topics ranging from casino rebranding efforts through to mobster Tony Spilotro’s reign decades earlier in Southern Nevada.
Hawley has consistently advocated on his clients’ behalf in federal courts, including the Supreme Court. He led the defense team for the Hobby Lobby case that overturned Obamacare and has also advocated on their behalf to protect church property.
Dr. Hecht has led various congressional investigations, such as studies on professional military education and federal response to Hurricane Katrina. Martindale-Hubbell awarded him an AV Preeminent lawyer rating; additionally, Best Lawyers in America recognized him.
Longtime Las Vegas resident and reporter who produced the “Video Vault” series for KSNV-TV Channel 3, documenting casino history of Las Vegas. An accomplished musician playing standup bass, and loved southern Nevada mountains and hiking to Mt. Charleston 60 times — one climb for each year of his life.
Achievement and Honors
Hawley became widely recognized for his expertise at prosecuting criminal cases throughout Idaho. Known for defending even complex cases and winning them for his clients, he was also active with various civic and political groups such as Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He enjoyed hiking and music – playing contrabass with both the Henderson Symphony and local clubs, according to KSNV reports.
His most recent success came in the form of the emotional rock ‘n’ roll musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge, which opened in his hometown of Sheffield before touring London’s West End and garnering eight Olivier Awards nominations – but ultimately wasn’t to win them all.
Hawley became famous throughout Las Vegas as “Chopper Tom,” an airborne news and traffic reporter for KSNV-TV who made headlines with live reports from its helicopter. Additionally, his “Video Vault” series documented Southern Nevada history – such as when casinos started calling themselves Monte Carlo or mobster Tony Spilotro’s reign decades prior.
Senator Hawley has taken on corporate special interests to protect working families during his time as Missouri Attorney General and US Senator, standing up for American workers and small businesses while working to keep communities safer by fighting illegal immigration, human traffickers, and big opioid manufacturers. Click here for his personal financial disclosures.
He is known as a constitutional conservative and takes his role as attorney general very seriously.
He has appeared before both the Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals to defend people’s rights. Additionally, he served as Chief Justice John Roberts’s court clerk.
Senator Hawley has not hesitated to challenge other legislators and business leaders with his views as an upstanding senator. He’s taken an aggressive stance toward large technology companies like Google and Facebook, opening investigations against both for violations of antitrust laws.
He’s taken on the National Basketball Association over human rights violations in Hong Kong and despite this isn’t afraid of offending his constituents; for instance he once gave a thumbs-up salute to violent rioters who invaded his capital city, clashed with police, and broke into private offices.