Tom Perriello: Man With a Vision and a Cause Persuasive Essay by Nicky

A discussion on the qualities of Tom Perriello, U.S. Representative for Virginia's 5th congressional district.
# 149715 | 2,807 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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The paper outlines Tom Perriello's career and describes how he co-founded a non-profit organization, Res Publica, and also co-founded a number of progressive faith-based groups. The paper addresses Perriello's local political involvement in Virginia as well as his efforts in Darfur, Afghanistan, and Liberia that illustrate a commitment to making the world a better place as well as a deep compassion for the well-being of others. The paper asserts that Tom Perriello is a man guided by convictions that have the potential to make a difference not only in America but also across the globe.

From the Paper:

"Perriello was born and raised in Albemarle County, Virginia, where he went to Albemarle public schools. He graduated from Saint Anne's-Belfield and went on to Yale, where he began working for a non-profit organization committed to "'sustainability' issues" (Goldsmith). After the stint with that organization, he returned to Yale, studying law. He graduated from Yale in 2001. After graduating, he spent a good amount of time overseas. Perriello did not waste time getting involved with causes that were important to him. Perriello's past experience includes serving as national security consultant in Darfur, Liberia, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. His work in Liberia was significant to the reconciliation that "ended the blood diamonds war" ( During this time in Liberia, he worked with child soldiers as well as pro-democracy groups to reach peace. Perriello has also served as Special Advisor and court representative for Sierra Leone, proving to be instrumental in the removal of dictator Charles Taylor for "crimes against humanity" (Goldsmith). The same passion he feels for those in ravaged countries, he feels for those in America.
'Change is something Perriello believes in. In 2003, he co-founded a non-profit organization, called Res Publica, which in turn was instrumental in forming several other groups including, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and According to its website, Res Publica is a "community of public sector professionals dedicated to promoting good governance, civic virtue and deliberative democracy" ("

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gibson, Bob. "Perriello Enters Race for 5th seat; Hopeful Seeks to Bring Faith, Global Experience to D.C." The Daily Progress. Charlottesville, Va.: Oct 7, 2007.
  • Goldsmith, Will. "Can he go the Distance? Tom Perriello hits Southside in his effort to beat Virgil Goode." Charlottesville News and Arts. <>
  • Lithwick, Dahlia. "Goode Riddance." Slate Online. 2008.
  • Mission and Vision. <>
  • "Perriello Backs Clean Energy Jobs and National Security Legislation." White House Online. Information Retrieved July 27, 2009.,25&itemid=234

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