Tom Hughes is President of the Metro Council, the elected leadership of the Metro Regional Government. He was elected in November of 2010 on a platform that emphasized jobs and economic development. Before that he served eight years as mayor of Hillsboro, Oregon. During his tenure, Hillsboro became recognized as one of Oregon’s most successful communities in both economic prosperity and a high quality of life. As mayor, Hughes led the effort to attract and retain major high-tech and renewable energy employers and secured state and federal funding for significant transportation investments, including highways, light rail and an innovative “intermodal transportation facility” serving downtown Hillsboro. He also served as president of the League of Oregon Cities and as a member of the regional Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation.
President Hughes was born in Hillsboro and graduated from Hillsboro High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from the University of Oregon in Eugene and a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Arizona in Tucson. After receiving a teaching certificate from Portland State University, he taught government and history from 1974 to 2003 at Aloha High School. He lives in Hillsboro with his wife, Gayle, and has two grown daughters.