Thomas J. Spota III is currently the District Attorney of Suffolk County, New York.
Spota has been the District Attorney since 2001, when he defeated three-time incumbent James M. Catterson Jr. He would be reelected in 2006 without any opposition. Spota has been active in the fight against the distribution of child pornography over the Internet. In 2003, Spota indicted twelve Suffolk residents who utilized, KaZaA, a file-sharing program to spread child pornography. As a result, Spota was called to testified before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on September 9, 2003 at a hearing concerning the building on "Pornography, Technology, and Process: Problems and Solutions on Peer-to-Peer Networks." Spota recommended a new federal task force and that legislation was needed to "attack the owners and the distributors of these programs, who are reaping enormous profits."
During the 1970s and early 1980s, Spota worked as a Suffolk prosecutor under District Attorney Patrick Henry. He then entered private law practice in Suffolk, representing clients including the Suffolk Detectives Association and other law enforcement unions.