Mayor Tom Beehan



200 S. Tulane Avenue
PO Box 1

Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Office Phone: 
(865) 425-3432
Fax (865) 425-3409
Email

Term Expires November 2014

Mayor Tom Beehan has served on Oak Ridge City Council since 2001. After serving as Mayor Pro Tem for his first six years on City Council, he became Mayor in 2007. He was again named Mayor by City Council in 2009, and elected to a third term in 2012.

Mayor Beehan serves as Chairman of the Energy Communities Alliance, the national organization of local governments which host U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. He has served on the board of directors of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Ridge Economic Partnership. He is a member of the East Tennessee Economic Council.

Governor Bill Haslam recently appointed Mayor Beehan to the Tennessee Air Pollution
Control Board. He also serves as the Governor’s appointee to the Tennessee Technology
Development Corporation, an organization that partners with the Tennessee Department
of Economic and Community Development as the lead advocate for the state’s innovation
agenda. He previously served on the Tennessee E-911 board, appointed to that board by
former Governor Phil Bredesen.

He is past President of the Tennessee Municipal League, the state association of local
elected officials. He is a graduate of Leadership Oak Ridge.

Mayor Beehan and his wife, Kay Brookshire, have served as co-chairs of the United Way
of Anderson County campaign. He recently served on the board of directors for United
Way and presently serves as a board member for the non-profit agency Aid to Distressed
Families of Anderson County.

As a member of City Council, he is Past-Chair of the Highland View Redevelopment
Advisory Board, which has been working to make Highland View revitalization a model
for neighborhood improvement in the city’s older neighborhoods. This initiative led to a
new state law to establish a Land Bank pilot program in Oak Ridge to demonstrate
innovation in community redevelopment.

A participant and leader in community organizations before his election to Council, he
served on the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission and was board chairman of the
Housing Development Corporation of the Clinch Valley, a non-profit organization
dedicated to improving housing for those with low and moderate incomes.

A native of Nashville, he is a graduate of Father Ryan High School in Nashville and St.
Pius X Seminary in Erlanger, Kentucky, where he received a bachelor’s degree in
philosophy. He attended graduate school at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and Xavier
University in Cincinnati. He and Kay have three children and three grandchildren.
Retired from State Farm Insurance Company after a 25-year career, Beehan is an affiliate
broker with Betsy Coleman Realty in Oak Ridge.