Tom Womack, Deputy Commissioner

Tom WomackTom Womack oversees day-to-day operations for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, directing staff, programs and services ranging from food safety, animal and plant health, pesticides and consumer protection to forestry and agricultural development.

Appointed to his current post in May 2016 by Commissioner Jai Templeton, Womack has been with the department for more than 30 years, serving most of that time as spokesman and director of communications. In 2015, Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson appointed Womack 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, the department’s agricultural education and outreach program.

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 organization, and his communications expertise 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 chairman and Board member of the Tennessee FFA Foundation.

Tom's farming background includes beef cattle, tobacco and hay production. He and his wife Chrystal have five grown children and reside on a small family farm in White House, Tennessee.