Tom Dempsey

Partner and Director of Business Development
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Tom photoTom Dempsey, a Partner and Director of Business Development at the Gate Way Group, brings extensive experience in issue advocacy, legislative initiatives, and public policy issues. Dempsey was first elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2007, where he quickly rose to the rank of Majority Floor Leader before being unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as the Senate President Pro-Tem in 2013. He previously served seven years in the Missouri House of Representatives (2001-2007), where he also held key leadership posts as Majority Leader and Chairman of the Job Creation and Economic Development Committee.

Deep industry knowledge, coupled with strategic insight, makes Dempsey uniquely qualified to lead the Gate Way Group as a multi-state and federal government affairs firm. While Dempsey will not be lobbying members of the Missouri General Assembly, his leadership on issues relating to technology and criminal justice reform will allow him to help shape the strategy and vision for advocacy campaigns in other states.

Dempsey will also work with some of the Gate Way Group’s existing corporate and association clients in the health care sector, engaging with policy leaders at the local, state, and federal levels.

Throughout his career, Dempsey has received the following awards: the Regional Chamber & Growth Association Lewis & Clark Statesman Award, St. Louis Business Journal Legislative Award, Missouri Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture Award, Missouri Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award, Missouri Community College Distinguished Legislator Award, Missouri Jaycees Outstanding Young Missourian Award, Heroes for Mental Health Award from the Crider Center for Health, Associated Industries of Missouri Voice of Missouri Business Award, Missouri Association of Veterans’ Organizations Award, Alzheimer’s Association Leadership of the Year, the Gary Wiggins Statesman Award from the American Cancer Society, and the 2007 Champion for Children Award from the Community and Children’s Resource Board of St. Charles County.

Dempsey is a member of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, as well as the St. Charles Rotary.

Born in St. Charles, MO, Dempsey is a graduate of DeSmet Jesuit High School and received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Rockhurst University. Dempsey and his wife, Molly, reside in St. Charles; they are the parents of three children, Meaghan, Abby and Jack.