Steven Tilley

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Steven Tilley
State Representative
Missouri's 106th District
72nd Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
January 5, 2011 – August 13, 2012
Preceded by Ron Richard
Succeeded by Shane Schoeller
Majority leader of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
January 9, 2008 – January 5, 2011
Preceded by Tom Dempsey
Succeeded by Tim Jones
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives from the 106th District
In office
January 5, 2005 – August 13, 2012
Preceded by Kevin P. Engler
Succeeded by Chrissy Sommer
Personal details
Born (1971-06-11) June 11, 1971 (age 43)
Wiesbaden, West Germany
Political party Republican
Children Kourtney Tilley, Korrin Tilley
Residence Perryville, Missouri
Alma mater Southeast Missouri State University (B.S., 1994), University of Missouri–St. Louis (Doctorate of Optometry, 1998)
Occupation Optometrist
Religion Lutheran

Steven Tilley (born June 11, 1971) is a former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. He represented District 106 (Perry, St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve Counties) in the Missouri House of Representatives. A Republican, Tilley was elected to the House in November 2004. He became the Majority leader in January 2008. On August 13, 2012 Tilley resigned.[1]

Tilley was elected Speaker on November 4, 2010 after the Republicans picked up 17 seats in the 2010 election.[2] On December 13, 2010, five weeks after being elected Speaker, Tilley altered his campaign committee in order to run for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri in 2012.[3]

Background and education[edit]

Education[edit]

A 1989 graduate of Perryville High School in Perryville, Missouri, Tilley received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1994 and received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry in 1998.[4]

Marriage and Family Life[edit]

Tilley lives in Perryville. He has two children: Kourtney and Korrin.[4] Tilley and his wife Kellie filed for divorce on September 14, 2011 after 18 years of marriage.[5] The divorce was cited as a reason for him dropping out of the lieutenant governor race as well as resigning in August 2012 as speaker of the Missouri House five months before his term expired.[6]

Group Memberships[edit]

Tilley is a member of the Perryville Optimist Club, Missouri Right to Life, National Rifle Association, Missouri Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, N.F.I.B. and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. He is also a CHAMPS mentor and attends Immanuel Lutheran Church of Perryville.[7]

Political career[edit]

Tilley served in the Missouri House from 2005 to 2012.[4] During that time, Tilley has served as the Chairman of the House Special Committee on General Laws,[8] Chairman of the House Ethics Committee[9][10] and as Majority Floor Leader.[11]

Speaker of the Missouri House[edit]

Republicans in the Missouri House had its biggest majority in history (106-57). Among his most visible events was erecting a statue of Rush Limbaugh in the capitol in the Hall of Famous Missourians.[6]

As Speaker of the House, Tilley served as an ex-officio member of all committees of the House. Additionally, he was specifically assigned to the House Ethics and Administration and Accounts .[4]

Flooding Cairo controversy[edit]

In April 2011, Speaker Tilley received national media attention for controversial remarks he made about Cairo, Illinois, a poor town on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. Due to heavy rainfall and high water levels on the river, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was considering a plan to destroy a levee on the Missouri side of the river in hopes of lowering the flood level and preventing severe flood damage to Cairo and other downstream areas. Destroying the levee would have flooded several hundred thousand acres of Missouri farmland. When reporters asked if he would rather see Missouri farmland flooded or the town of Cairo, Tilley responded "Cairo. I've been there. Trust me. Cairo." And further said "Have you been to Cairo? OK, then you known what I'm saying."[12] Tilley later issued an apology:

I was asked a question about blowing up a dam in Missouri and the negative consequences that happened to Missouri. As the Speaker of the House, (I believe) my first responsibility is to Missourians. And in my effort to defend them, I went on to say some pretty insensitive and inappropriate remarks about Cairo"

When later interviewed by a Missouri television station, Tilley said the accusations that he was a racist are ridiculous and that when one does as many interviews as he does, one is bound to say something stupid.[13] The Corps of Engineers destroyed the levee on May 3, 2011, flooding 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland but saving the town of Cairo from flooding.[14]

Electoral history[edit]

2010 Election for Missouri’s 106th District House of Representatives[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Steven Tilley 8,394 100
2008 Election for Missouri’s 106th District House of Representatives[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Steven Tilley 12,769 100
2006 Election for Missouri’s 106th District House of Representatives[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Steven Tilley 9,265 100
2004 Election for Missouri’s 106th District House of Representatives[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Steven Tilley 7,847 54.5
Democratic David Cramp 6,562 45.5
2004 Primary Election for Missouri’s 106th District House of Representatives[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Steven Tilley 2,600 57.7
Republican Gary Romine 1,904 42.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ By Virginia Young. "Speaker Tilley resigns from Missouri House to be consultant". Stltoday. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Tilley changes committee; sets sights on lieutenant governor seat". Stltoday. 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  4. ^ a b c d Member Biography - Retrieved March 29, 2009
  5. ^ By Jake Wagman. (2011-10-11). "House Speaker Tilley tells colleagues he's getting a divorce". Stltoday. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  6. ^ a b By Virginia Young. "Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley resigns". Stltoday. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  7. ^ Member Biography - Retrieved March 26, 2009
  8. ^ 2007 House Special Committee on General Laws Members - Retrieved March 29, 2009
  9. ^ 2008 House Ethics Committee Members - Retrieved March 29, 2009
  10. ^ 2009 House Ethics Committee Members - Retrieved March 29, 2009
  11. ^ 2009 House Leadership Directory - Retrieved March 26, 2009
  12. ^ "Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley: Flood Cairo, Illinois To Save Farmland". The Huffington Post. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  13. ^ "House Speaker Tilley Apologizes". KOMU-TV. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  14. ^ "Army Corps Breaks Missouri Levee to Save Cairo, Illinois - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  15. ^ http://www.sos.mo.gov/enrweb/raceresults.asp?eid=300&oid=67655&arc=
  16. ^ Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives - Retrieved March 29, 2009
  17. ^ Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives - Retrieved March 29, 2009
  18. ^ Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives - Retrieved March 29, 2009
  19. ^ Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives - Retrieved March 29, 2009

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Richard
Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Shane Schoeller (acting)
Tim Jones
Preceded by
Tom Dempsey
Majority Floor Leader of Missouri House of Representatives
2008 –2011
Succeeded by
Tim Jones
Missouri House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kevin P. Engler
106th District Representative to Missouri House of Representatives
2005 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent