United States Marine Corps veteran Timothy J. Bassett grew up in central New York State. He attended high school in the town of Oriskany, near Utica, where he played on the school's football and soccer teams. Following his high school graduation, Timothy J. Bassett earned his private pilot's license from the Community College of Beaver County in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he distinguished himself in service to his country during the first Iraq war. During his tour of duty, he earned promotion from private to corporal. His time abroad included travel to Dubai, Spain, Greece, and Saudi Arabia, and participation in the U.S.S. Kearsarge's famous rescue of Captain Scott O'Grady.
Following his honorable discharge in 1995, Timothy J. Bassett went to work for his native state of New York. From 1995 to 2000, he served as a corrections officer for inmates in the custody of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, a position he followed with eight years of service as a trooper with the New York State Police. Both roles required the application of his military experience as he handled confrontations, faced intense conflict, and managed high-tension interpersonal relations.
Timothy J. Bassett applied the same skills in his most recent work with Sears Holdings Corporation, serving in a loss prevention capacity in New Hartford, New York. In this role, his military and law enforcement experience proved an asset as he assessed and diffused potential threats, while ensuring the safety of store employees and customers.
In his free time, Timothy J. Bassett pursues his interest in classic cars and NASCAR racing, following the career of driver Jeff Gordon. He also follows the Buffalo Bills during football season and enjoys many active pursuits such as hiking and camping.