Tom Ufert Was A Politician In The Making Before Realizing He Had Multiple Sclerosis

Tom Ufert went through a grueling job hunt.

Tom Ufert went through a grueling job hunt.

Editor’s Note: 46-year-old Tom Ufert of Haltom City, Texas was on his way toward a political career and had everything in the world going for him. In baseball, if you make three strikes, you’re out. But in life there is no set amount of tragedy you can have in your life and still be successful. Part 1 of a 5 part series.

“I lived in Shreveport, Louisiana,” Ufert explains. “Over the years, I’ve worked on 11 political campaigns. I was a Lyndon Baines Johnson congressional intern on Capitol Hill, I worked as a constitutional aide for two congressmen, I was a Whitehouse fellow nominee in 1989, and I was a Rotary International Graduate Fellow. I went to do graduate study in East Asian Political Affairs at Australian National University (ANU), located in Canberra, Australia and I spent 10 months there.” Ufert has two bachelor’s degrees in science, one in political science, one in history, and he has a minor in English. After being out of politics for a year, when he returned to Shreveport, he couldn’t find a job. Many of the places told him that he was over qualified for the positions they had.

Ufert then moved to Dallas, hoping to find a job. But, unable to find a job in politics, he took a job at the Holiday Inn as a cashier first, and then he was promoted to assistant food and beverage director, a job he held for about a year and a half. But in 1992, Ufert was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Ufert was very aware of the effects of multiple sclerosis, because his biological mother had the disease the last 2 years of her life, and he had taken care of her. So, he had a well defined picture of what the disease could do to him. Ufert explains, “I watched my mother, who I loved dearly, deteriorate day by day. She was confined to a walker first and then to a wheelchair. I was 10 years old at the time.”

Ufert realized that he couldn’t perform his duties at work anymore, so he found another job at an insurance company.  He was offered a 9 to 5 job, sitting at a desk. They also offered him a $3,000 increase in pay. The job was basically data input. Ufert was feeling pretty secure, although he knew he had MS. He already had made a job change that should allow him to work well into the future. When you become comfortable in your situation, life will deal you another card to play, with a new set of challenges and responsibilities. That’s exactly what happened to Ufert, one month after he started working for the insurance company.

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Next: One Mistake Made Tom Ufert’s Whole World Change

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at

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