Thomas Coleman
Senior Advisor to the Dean

Tom Coleman is a government affairs professional with over 35 years of experience in Washington, DC. His current practice and consulting is conducted through Tom Coleman Associates LLC.

Previous positions held include 16 years as a Republican Member of Congress from Missouri and 10 years as Vice President, Government Relations for BASF Corporation. He served as BASF’s senior official for public affairs, responsible for representing the company’s interests at the federal and state levels, and was also involved in significant international activities. He also served as Senior Counsel with the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker.

Congressman Coleman was known as a consensus-oriented legislator who served as a senior member of the House Agriculture and Education and Labor Committees. He also served for 12 years as the senior Republican on the Post Secondary Education Subcommittee. In his various capacities he has travelled throughout Europe, Russia, China and Japan. For many years he served as a member of the U.S. Congress-European Parliament Delegation.  He was the co-founder of the Congressional Study Group on Germany.

He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and as adjunct professor at the school. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Trustee Emeritus of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, a past member of the Board of Directors for the Organization for International Investment, and a member of the Missouri and District of Columbia Bar Associations. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree at Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri and has a Masters of Public Administration from NYU Wagner. His undergraduate degree in economics is from William Jewell College.

Semester Course
Summer 2014 PADM-GP.2159.001 The Convergence of Business & Public Administration in the Nation's Economy

Are business interests in the U.S. too politically powerful or is the government unnecessarily restricting their ability to compete in the global marketplace?  This course will explore the complex relationship between what are traditionally separate disciplines of study but which are converging in an increasingly regulated domestic and globalized economy.  The course will review the political, governmental and judicial policies that create the current environment for business as well as examine the respective roles played by the congress, the executive branch and the courts.  There will also be general comparisons between U.S. behaviors and institutions and those in Germany, the economic engine driving the European Union’s economy.

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