Thomas Harold Massie (born January 13, 1971) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Kentucky's 4th congressional district since 2012.
Massie was Judge-Executive of Lewis County, Kentucky, from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, he defeated Bill Adkins in the special and general elections to represent Northern Kentucky (including suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio) in Washington, D.C.
Massie has been described as a libertarian Republican and is associated with the Tea Party movement.
Thomas Massie was born in Huntington, West Virginia. He grew up in Vanceburg, Kentucky, and met his future wife, Rhonda. He earned a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 1993, at MIT, he and his wife started a company called SensAble Devices Inc. Massie was the winner in 1995 of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for inventors. The company was re-incorporated as SensAble Technologies, Inc., in 1996 after partner Bill Aulet joined the company. They raised $32 million of venture capital, had 24 different patents, and 70 other employees.
Massie sold the company, and he and his wife moved back to their hometown in Lewis County. They raised their children on a farm, where he built his own off-the-grid timberframe house...
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