Tom Barlow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byCarroll Hubbard
Succeeded byEd Whitfield
Personal details
Born(1940-08-07)August 7, 1940
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedJanuary 31, 2017(2017-01-31) (aged 76)
Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.
Resting placeBarlow, Kentucky, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materHaverford College
ProfessionBanker, business executive, politician

Thomas Jefferson "Tom" Barlow III (August 7, 1940 – January 31, 2017), was an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky's 1st congressional district for one term.

Early life and education

Barlow was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania.[1]


After graduating from college, Barlow worked as a banker and business executive, and later as a conservation consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council from 1971 to 1982. In 1986 he sought election to Congress but was unsuccessful.

In 1992 Barlow ran in the primary against incumbent Democratic representative Carroll Hubbard to represent Kentucky's 1st district in the United States House of Representatives. Barlow upset Hubbard in the primary and won the seat. Barlow served in the 103rd Congress from January 3, 1993 to January 3, 1995.

In 1994 Barlow ran for re-election but was defeated by Ed Whitfield in an election year that saw many Republican victories nationwide as the Republican Party won the House of Representatives for the first time in forty years.

Barlow sought the 1st District House seat again in 1998 but lost.[1] Barlow ran for the United States Senate in 2002 but narrowly lost the Democratic primary to Lois Combs Weinberg. Barlow won the Democratic nomination for his old seat yet again in 2006 but was defeated by Ed Whitfield in the general election.


He died on January 31, 2017.[2]


  1. ^ a b "BARLOW, Thomas J., III, (1940-2017)". Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Former U.S. Rep. Thomas Barlow passes away". WPSD Local 6. 2017-02-01. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byCarroll Hubbard Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 1st congressional district1993 – 1995 Succeeded byEd Whitfield