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Tom Womack, Deputy Commissioner


Tom Womack serves as deputy to Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher and was first appointed to his current post in May 2016 by then Commissioner Jai Templeton. As Deputy Commissioner, he oversees day-to-day operations for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, directing staff, programs, and services ranging from food safety, plant health, pesticides, and consumer protection to forestry and agricultural development.

Womack has been with the department for more than 33 years, serving most of that time as spokesman and director of communications. In 2015, he was appointed Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs. In that position, he provided administrative support for media relations, policy development, and all agency programs. Womack also oversaw the fairs program and the Tennessee Agricultural Museum.

From 1999 to 2008, Womack assisted with the administration of the Phase II tobacco grower settlement trust, which provided more than $170 million in compensation to nearly 50,000 Tennessee farm families. He has also served as liaison to the United States Department of Agriculture during agricultural disasters. He is a past president of the Communications Officers of State Departments of Agriculture, and his work has been recognized by the National Association of Government Communicators and twice by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Womack obtained his bachelor’s degree in Government from Western Kentucky University. He is also a 2003 graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute. As a student, he was active in the Future Farmers of America and served as State Secretary. He has been recognized by the National FFA Organization with the Honorary American FFA Degree, and is a past member and chairman of the Tennessee FFA Foundation Board of Directors.

Womack’s farming background includes beef cattle, tobacco and hay production. He and his wife Chrystal have five adult children and one grandson, and reside on a family farm in White House, Tennessee.