Thomas Rust

Thomas Rust


Focus areas:    Transportation, affordable housing, planning, and civic engagement

Mr. Thomas Rust, a native Virginian, began his career as a civil engineer with Fairfax County and later joined Patton Harris and Foard, engineers and surveyors.  He then became a Senior Principal in Patton Harris Rust & Associates which later merged with Pennoni Associates.  Mr. Rust is now Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pennoni, a full service engineering firm with 1,200 employees in 32 offices in 10 states.

 In his public life, Mr. Rust served on the Herndon Town Council from 1971-1976 and Mayor from 1976-1984 and again from 1990-2001.  He was then elected to the Virginia House of Delegates where he served until 2016.  He was on 4 House Committees including Chairman of the Transportation Committee.

 Mr. Rust served as Rector of the Longwood College Board from 1981-1988, and as a member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors from 1996-2002.  

 Mr. Rust is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including a “Lifetime Service Award” from the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association; the Founders Award from the Dulles Area Transportation Association; and Leadership Award from George Mason University.

 In editorial endorsements, the Washington Post called Mr. Rust, “One of the more effective legislators in the General Assembly” and the Loudoun Times said Rust, “Remains a beacon of common sense and moderation in the Northern Virginia Delegation.”

 Mr. Rust received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, an M.S. from George Washington University and a Master of Planning from the University of Virginia.

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