Malayali running for American Congress

Malayali running for American Congress

Mary Thomas Lathika Mary Thomas is a mom, a wife, an attorney, a firstgeneration American and a Republican. She is a member of the Federalist Society of conservative attorneys. Mary is challenging Congresswoman Gwen Graham for the seat in the Second Congressional District. If elected, Mary would make history as the first Indian-Malayalee American woman

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Mary Thomas

Lathika Mary Thomas is a mom, a wife, an attorney, a firstgeneration American and a Republican. She is a member of the Federalist Society of conservative attorneys. Mary is challenging Congresswoman Gwen Graham for the seat in the Second Congressional District. If elected, Mary would make history as the first Indian-Malayalee American woman elected to Congress. Mary was born in Charleston, South Carolina to physician parents who arrived in America in 1972 with their educations and their hopes of living the American dream. Mary’s dad Dr. Tom Thomas is from Alleppey and mom Dr. Annie Thomas is from Palai, both in Kerala state, India. The Thomas family eventually settled in Pinellas County, where they started a family medical practice and a successful biotechnology company. Mary is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law. She also holds a Masters of Law from the University of Miami and a Bachelors degree from the University of South Florida. Mary has lived in Tallahassee for over a decade. She has been a member of Governor Rick Scott’s Administration since he was sworn into office in January 2011. Mary currently serves as the General Counsel at the Department of Elder Affairs where she manages and oversees the legal department of an agency that administers an approximately $900 million budget. During her time in the Scott Administration, Mary has worked closely on issues that directly impact the citizens, businesses, military installations and environment of the Second Congressional District. Her experience includes: serving as the Governor’s representative in negotiations regarding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; developing strategies to protect the Apalachicola Bay from Georgia’s unchecked consumption of water, strategies that ultimately resulted in the filing of a lawsuit against Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court; and helping to solve military base encroachment issues around the Panhandle’s military installations. As a member of the Gulf Winds Track and Triathlon Clubs, Mary has participated in over 50 road races and triathlons in locations across the Second District. During one of these races, held in Mexico Beach, Mary’s husband John proposed to her. Mary and John’s son Luke was born at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Those interested in meeting Mary and learning more about her campaign please plan to attend a dinner event that is being scheduled soon at a convenient location in the suburbs of Washington DC. Please stay tuned for more information.

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