Thomas J. Shaheen



Tom heads the public policy department of the Pennsylvania Family Institute & Council, having served in this capacity since 1991. He is responsible for a major part of Pennsylvania Family Institute’s mission: To help enact laws that respect the traditional, foundational principles and values essential for the well-being of society —and to help defeat proposals that do harm. His three major areas are: sanctity of human life, marriage and family, and religious liberty.

As Pennsylvania Family Institute’s chief lobbyist, Tom works with state lawmakers and staff on the inside of government – and with grassroots coalitions and pro-family leaders on the outside. He tracks legislation, researches and writes talking points for both policymakers and concerned citizens, and occasionally testifies before legislative committees.

Tom holds an M.A. in Public Policy from Regent University (1987) and a B.A. in Business Management from Moravian College (1980).

Tom brings with him a long-held passion for protecting the sanctity of human life, having previously served as Administrative Director of Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services in Lebanon and Lancaster Counties.

Tom and his wife have four adult children and two grandchildren.