A fifth-generation Californian, Tom grew up in the heart of California working on his family’s cattle and poultry ranches in both the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Foothills – the Hallinan 70 (Seven-Oh) Ranch was founded in 1852 in Coulterville, Mariposa County. He attended local public schools from Kindergarten through Fresno State University and later worked his way through night law school becoming a criminal prosecutor in the Department of Justice/U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California. Following in the footsteps of his father Tom Sr., for the past 24 years he has served as a City/Special District Attorney for the communities of Atwater, Ceres, Crows Landing, Grayson, Groveland, Jamestown, Livingston, Newman, Patterson and Twain Harte - all located within Board of Equalization District 1.
Tom also served 5 four-year terms on the Yosemite Community College District Board of Trustees. Hallinan’s current state service includes serving as Chair of the California Law Revision Commission, and as a member of the Gaming Policy Advisory Committee (GPAC) to the California Gambling Control Commission. He was previously commissioned as a Captain in the California State Military Reserve; is the former President of the 38th District Agricultural Association; and has served on numerous local community service boards.
The BOE’s primary remaining duty is to review, equalize and adjust property tax assessments. Unlike the other candidates for this important office, Tom Hallinan has served on a County Board of Equalization for over 10 years and is already certified in hearing property tax assessment appeals pursuant to Revenue & Taxation Code Section 1624.01 He is clearly the most qualified candidate running in District 1 to serve on the State Board of Equalization to carry out its remaining constitutional duties and transition its responsibilities to trained civil servants instead of elected politicians.
Tom lives in Ceres with his wife Anna Marie, a retired pre-school teacher, and their son Logan, a senior at Central Valley High School.