Thomas Chittum is a lawyer, a career federal agent, and a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). He has spent more than two decades enforcing federal law and currently serves as a high-ranking federal law enforcement official. He regularly speaks on matters related to criminal justice, law enforcement, and firearms law to cabinet-level and other high-ranking government executives, industry trade groups, law enforcement officials, and in the national media.
Tom’s law enforcement career began in his home state of West Virginia in 1997. He has also been assigned to offices in Miami, FL; Louisville, KY; Las Vegas, NV; Seattle, WA; Detroit, MI; and multiple assignments in Washington, DC. He worked extensively in undercover assignments from 2002 to 2008. From 2005 to 2012 he regularly testified as an expert witness in federal court on firearms matters.
Tom has a BA in Criminal Justice from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia; an MS in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky; and a JD from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
He is a licensed attorney in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. He lives with his wife and three children in Virginia.