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Tom's Special Awards

* Recipient of the Merchant Marines Vietnam Service Medal for service in 1968
* Antioch Young Man of the Year, 1975
* Riverview School Community Award, 1979
* Outstanding Coach, Oakland Cross Country Invitational, 1978 & 1979
* Kiddies Award - Outstanding Contributions to Youth in Contra Costa County, 1983
* County Supervisors Association of California Fun Run - 14 years as "Fastest Supervisor in California"
* National Woman's Political Caucus Good Guy Award, 1987 & 1997
* The California State Association of Counties President's Award, 1997
* Hospice Bike-a-thon: Brentwood to Kettleman City, 200 miles in 11 hours and 18 minutes, 1989
* Mt. Diablo Classic Triathlon, 5th Place, 2 hours 41 minutes (1 mile swim, 21 mile bike, 8.3 mile run), 1991
* Maya Award for contributions to the Hispanic community, 1991
* The California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions, Legislator of the Year, 1997
* The California Independent Public Employees Legislative Council Legislator of the Year, 1997 and 1998
* Legislator of the Year by California Chapter of the American Planning Association, 1997
* 24-Hour Fitness Escape from Alcatraz, 5th in the 45-49 age group, 126th overall out of 759 participants, 2 hours 41 minutes 45 seconds, (1.5 mile swim, 18 mile bike, 8.5 mile run), 1998
* 1998 Housing Leadership Award presented by the California Housing Consortium and Housing California
* Legislative Leadership Award by the California Business Industry Association, 1998
* Outstanding Leadership Award for establishing public policy toward the development of affordable housing by Contra Costa Association of Homeless and Housing Service Providers, 1998
* Bethel Island International Triathlon, 1st in the 50-59 age group, 23rd out of 92 participants, 2 hours 37 minutes 35 seconds. (1 mile swim - 23 mile bike and 8.5 mile run).
* "Political Courage" Award by the California Nurses Association, 1999.
* Lions for the Blind - Blind Center - Bike-A-Thon, October 1999. 200 miles from Antioch to Huron, 11 hours 11 minutes 58 seconds.