Durbin Praises Nomination of Tom Lamont for Army Assistant Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) praised President Obama’s choice of Thomas R. Lamont to be Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs within the Department of Defense.


“Tom Lamont is a decorated veteran who will be able to draw on his twenty-five years of experience with the Illinois National Guard in this position,” said Durbin. “He is also a dedicated public servant with exceptional knowledge and expertise in both the legal and legislative processes. I commend President Obama for choosing such a fine candidate from his home state of Illinois and I look forward to voting to confirm his nomination.”


Lamont served as a colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard, Office of the Judge Advocate General. He retired after twenty-five years of service in 2007. He is also a longtime Springfield attorney and partner at Gordon & Glickson and Altheimer & Gray, and the Springfield firm of Brown, Hay & Stephens. He concentrated his practice in Government Law and Legislative Affairs. In the public arena, Lamont has served as Executive Director of the Office of the State Attorney Appellate Prosecutor, Director of Civil Litigation in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and currently, as Special Counsel to the University of Illinois.


Lamont received his bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in 1969 and earned his law degree from the University of Illinois, College of Law in 1972. In 1990, Lamont was elected to the University of Illinois, Board of Trustees. He has served as a trustee of the State University Retirement System, a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the U.S. Senate Judicial Nomination Commission.