Tom Allen Biography


Tom Allen has had three fulfilling careers, and says he is now happily retired. Most recently, he was the president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, the U.S. book publishers’ advocacy organization. From 1997-2009 he represented Maine’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Congress, he wrote groundbreaking health care and ocean acidification legislation, helped lead opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and co-founded the House Oceans Caucus. 

He is the author of Dangerous Convictions: What’s Really Wrong with the U.S. Congress (Oxford University Press, 2013). Before serving in Congress, Allen practiced law for 19 years with the Portland law firm of Drummond Woodsum. He has been active in civic affairs, including two terms on the Portland City Council, including a stint as mayor. Valedictorian of his Deering High School class, at Bowdoin College he graduated magna cum laude. Selected as a National Football Foundation scholar-athlete, he attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship and received his law degree from Harvard Law School.