|Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives|
January 26, 2011
|Preceded by||Joe Hackney|
|Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 98th district
|Preceded by||John Rhodes|
|Born||Thomas Roland Tillis
August 30, 1960
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Maryland,
Thomas Roland "Thom" Tillis (born August 30, 1960, in Jacksonville, Florida) is a Republican member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from Mecklenburg County and Speaker of the House, and is a candidate for the Republican Party nomination for the 2014 US Senate Election.
In 2002, Tillis served on the Town of Cornelius Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, where he also participated on several ad hoc committees focused on improving recreation and leisure options for the North Mecklenburg area. He was then elected to the Town of Cornelius Board of Commissioners, where he served from 2003 through 2005. During his tenure on the Cornelius Town Board, Tillis served on a number of advisory boards and working groups focused on the Huntersville-Cornelius area.
Tillis was elected to his first term in the legislature in 2006, defeating the incumbent and fellow Republican John W. Rhodes in the primary, and was re-elected in 2008, 2010 and 2012. In 2010, Tillis served as campaign chair for the House Republican Caucus, and in the 2010 election, the Republicans won a majority in the House for the first time in almost 20 years. Tillis was selected, over Representative Paul Stam, to become the next Speaker. He was elected Speaker when the legislative session opened on January 26, 2011. He is the fifth Republican Speaker of the House in North Carolina history.
The 2011-2012 General Assembly session was a legislative success, as Republicans successfully overrode multiple vetoes by the Democratic Governor, but a politically difficult time for Tillis as he faced questions about severance packages he paid to two members of his staff who were forced to resign. Charles Thomas, who was Tillis' roommate and Chief of Staff, and policy advisor Amy Hobbs left Tillis' office after it was revealed that each was having an affair with a lobbyist. Nonetheless, the 2012 elections enabled Republicans to add nine seats to their majority, winning 77 of the 120 House seats. Tillis was re-elected to serve as Speaker of the House in January 2013.
Tillis was an executive with IBM Corporation, where he led a management consulting practice focused on the financial services industry. Tillis left IBM in 2009 to focus his attention on serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives, and leading the 2010 House Republican Caucus Campaign Committee. Prior to joining IBM in 2002, Tillis was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world’s largest accounting and management consulting firms.
2014 U.S. Senate election
Tillis announced that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate in the 2014 election.
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- "NC Primary Election Results 2006". NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- "GOP-led legislature begins with budget, maps ahead". WRAL/Associated Press.
- "2012 General Election Results, Summary". NC State Board of Elections.
- Thom Tillis Web Site official campaign site
- NCGA bio page
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
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