Thom Tillis

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Thom Tillis
Tillis NCGA 2012.jpg
Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 26, 2011
Preceded by Joe Hackney
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 98th district
Assumed office
January 2007
Preceded by John Rhodes
Personal details
Born Thomas Roland Tillis
(1960-08-30) August 30, 1960 (age 53)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Tillis
Children 2
Alma mater University of Maryland,
University College

Thomas Roland "Thom" Tillis[1] (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.

Political career[edit]

Tillis was elected to his first term in the General Assembly in 2006, defeating incumbent John W. Rhodes in the primary,[2] and was re-elected in 2008, 2010 and 2012. In 2010, Tillis was campaign chairman for the House Republican Caucus. In the 2010 elections, Republicans won a majority in the House for the first time in almost 20 years. The House Republican Caucus selected Tillis to be the next Speaker over Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake. He was elected Speaker when the legislative session opened Jan. 26, 2011.[3] He is the fifth Republican Speaker of the House in North Carolina history.

In the 2011-12 General Assembly session, Republicans overrode multiple vetoes by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue. In the 2012 elections, the Republican Party added nine seats to its majority, winning 77 of the 120 House seats.[4] Tillis was unanimously re-elected Speaker of the House in January 2013.

The state house overseen by Tillis has enacted a complete restructuring of the state's tax code, including a reduction of personal and business income taxes, elimination of the estate tax, and a cap on the gas tax.[5] It has also passed legislation to sunset existing state rules and regulations and limit new regulations to a ten year duration, unless renewed by the state government.[6]

The legislature has also approved a new voter identification law, and passed an amendment restricting marriage to the state constitution that was approved by voters in 2012.[7]

Business career[edit]

Tillis worked in the business consulting practice of PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he ultimately became Partner.[8]

2014 U.S. Senate election[edit]

In keeping with a pledge made in 2006 to limit his time in the state house to four terms Tillis announced that he will not run for re-election as State Representative,[9] but instead will run for the U.S. Senate in the 2014 election against Democrat Kay Hagan.

Tillis has been endorsed in the race by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.[10]


Tillis and his wife, Susan, have two children and live in the North Mecklenburg area.


  1. ^ "Multiple Thomas R. Tilles". News & Observer. 
  2. ^ "NC Primary Election Results 2006". NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "GOP-led legislature begins with budget, maps ahead". WRAL/Associated Press. 
  4. ^ "2012 General Election Results, Summary". NC State Board of Elections. 
  5. ^ "McCrory, legislative leaders announce tax deal". Charlotte 15 July 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Matthew Burns (12 February 2013). "'Thoughtful, methodical' regulatory reform planned". Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Shiner, Meredith (21 February 2014). "N.C. Conservatives in a Race to a Runoff". Roll Call. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Meet Thom". Thom Tillis for US Senate. 
  9. ^ Renee Bindewald (22 March 2014). "Henderson County Republican Convention". Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Philip Elliott (11 April 2014). "US Chamber of Commerce Backs Tillis in NC Race". ABC News. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 

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