Tom Brennan is a graduate from Hartshorne High School. He served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard as an infantryman from 1989 to 1995. Brennan used the GI Bill to graduate from Northeastern State University with a degree in Political Science. Tom then completed graduate studies with a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Tom at Fort Benning, Georgia - 1989

For the past 21 years, Tom's calling has been in education. He is an accomplished high school history teacher of AP United States History and AP Human Geography. Tom is also an adjunct instructor at Carl Albert State College. He is a National Board Certified teacher and has won numerous awards including selection to attend a seminar sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman institute at Cambridge University in England.

His greatest reward as a teacher comes from the recognition he receives from his students. Twice tom was selected as the teacher who most inspired them by Oklahoma Academic All State students from Poteau.

Brennan serves as Social Studies Department Chair and is president of the Poteau Oklahoma Education Association.

Tom is also the cross country coach at Poteau High School leading the boys team to state last fall. He is an accomplished runner as well having run a 2:44 marathon and wining two one hundred mile races.

Brennan has also formed and led the Leflore County Coalition for Diversity.

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The Brennan Family at Yellowstone

Tom has been married to Suzanne Olive Brennan for twenty one years. They have three children; Madeline, Olivia and Jim who all attend Poteau schools.

Tom’s Christian faith guides his political views based on the gospel of Christ.

In addition to running he enjoys backpacking having hiked much of the Colorado trail and the 218 mike John Muir trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains. His love of the outdoors inspires his efforts at conservation.

Tom also created and is race director for the Ouachita Switchbacks ultra trail race  Oklahoma’s most scenic and toughest ultramarathon.  The race has become the most popular trail race in Oklahoma and is held every January in the beautiful Ouachita National Forest near Big Cedar, Oklahoma.


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