Thomas Tauke

Thomas Tauke serves on BPC Action’s board of directors.

Tauke retired as executive vice president of Public Affairs, Policy, and Communications at Verizon Communications Inc. As the company’s senior policy executive, he was responsible for the development of Verizon’s public policy positions and advocacy. He serves as a member of Verizon’s Leadership Council.

Before joining NYNEX (a predecessor company of Verizon) in 1991, Tauke was a member of Congress, representing Iowa’s second congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his congressional service, he served on the Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, and Small Business Committees, as well as the Select Committee on Aging. Tauke previously served as a member of the Iowa General Assembly.

Tauke is chair of the Board of BIPAC (Business Industry Political Action Committee); serves as chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates; sits on the Executive Committee and the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the U.S. Telecom Association; co-chairs the Coalition for a Fiscally Sound America; and serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Broadband for America. He also chairs the board of Home Technology Systems, Inc., in Dubuque, Iowa. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is past chair of the Board of Regents of Loras College, the United States Telecom Association Board, and the Board of the Washington Center.

Tauke received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law.