Tammy was raised in Wichita, Kansas, and attended Wichita State University before moving to Springfield, Missouri. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1996 with an Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from Phillips Junior College in Springfield, Missouri. She has served as president of the Paralegal Club and has also done volunteer work for the Family Violence Center. Tammy has been working as a paralegal in the area of Social Security Disability since 1996.
Tammy is an avid reader and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Tom.