From 2015 to early 2023, Bennett served as the State Representative for the 106th District.
Raised on a family farm, Senator Bennett has served as a high school and junior high science teacher, IT professional at State Farm Insurance. While working and raising a family, Senator Bennett served as a K-12 school board member, member of the local pre-school board and chairman for two years. He was a member of the Parkland College Board of Trustees, including three years as chairman. As legislator, Senator Bennett has served on task forces and commissions focused on early childhood, teacher assessments, environment and energy.
Active in state and national trustee organizations, Senator Bennett is a Past Chair of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) in Springfield and Past Chair of the Board of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in Washington, D.C.
Senator Bennett holds a BS in Education from Eastern Illinois University, a BS in Computer Science, an MBA from Illinois State University and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Tom and wife, Kathy, reside in Gibson City. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.