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Tom Hockensmith

District 4 Supervisor

Political party: Democrat

Term expires: 2026

Supervisor Tom Hockensmith began serving his first term as Polk County Supervisor in January 2003. Tom represents Polk County’s 4th District, which includes East Des Moines, parts of Southeast Des Moines, Pleasant Hill, Runnells, Camp Township, and Four Mile Township.

Tom’s previous professional experience includes positions as a policy advisor for Iowa Governor Thomas J. Vilsack, a union representative for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and as an electrician for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Supervisor Hockensmith represents the Board of Supervisors on Invest DSM, Metro Waste Authority, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Polk County Mental Health and Disability Services Governing Board, and Polk County Risk Management Committee Board.

Tom has lived and worked in Polk County for more than 60 years. Tom and his wife have four children and seven grandchildren. He is an avid supporter of youth athletics in East Des Moines, past president of the East High Alumni Association and is a member of the East High Alumni Hall of Fame.

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