Tom Hockensmith

“I am honored to serve the residents of Polk County’s Fourth District.  I have spent the last 14 years supporting working families, focusing on neighborhood revitalization, and economic development opportunities.  Some of the significant projects that have been completed in our community have resulted from conversations I have had during my frequent neighborhood visits.  With your support, I will continue to advocate for opportunities and quality of life issues that affect us all.  I look forward to representing you and working with you.”

— Tom Hockensmith, 4th District, Polk County Board of Supervisors



A Polk County Supervisor since 2003, Tom Hockensmith has proven to be a leader who is more about actions than words. His work ethic, common sense and ingenuity have resulted in projects that have been beneficial for the people of Polk County and the residents of District 4.

Supervisor Tom Hockensmith began serving his first term as Polk County Supervisor in January 2003, currently representing Polk County’s 4th District which includes North Des Moines, East Des Moines, parts of southeast Des Moines, Runnells, Camp Township, Four Mile Township, and a portion of Saylor Township. Prior to redistricting in 2012, he represented Polk County’s 3rd District, which included the cities of Alleman, Altoona, Bondurant, Elkhart, Mitchellville, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, and Runnells.

Tom’s previous professional experience includes positions as a policy advisor for Iowa Governor Thomas J. Vilsack, a union representative for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and as an electrician for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Tom has lived and worked in Polk County for more than 40 years. He and his wife Joyce have four children and seven grandchildren. Tom is an avid supporter of youth athletics in East Des Moines, Past President of the East High Alumni Association and is a member of the East High Alumni Hall of Fame.

Contact Information:
County Administration Building
111 Court Ave. Room #300
Des Moines IA, 50309
Phone:  (515) 286-3120
Fax: (515) 323-5225


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