|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.
Tillis was elected to his first term in the General Assembly in 2006, defeating incumbent John W. Rhodes in the primary, 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. 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. 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, approved a new voter identification law, and passed an amendment protecting marriage to the state constitution that was approved by voters in 2012.
Tillis worked in the business consulting practice of PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he ultimately became Partner.
2014 U.S. Senate election
Tillis announced that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate in the 2014 election against Democrat Kay Hagan.
While an Elon University poll indicates Tillis to be the best known of the Republican contenders for the seat, Tillis remains unrecognized outside of Raleigh. Nearly 60 percent of poll respondents said they didn't know the name of the speaker of the state House. Among those who know his name, only 18 percent have a favorable opinion of him. Nearly half have no opinion about him at all.
As of February 2014, Tillis had skipped four candidate forums with his primary opponents in an effort to avoid lesser known rivals in the crowded primary and cement his image as the inevitable nominee.
Tillis and his wife, Susan, have two children and live in the North Mecklenburg area.
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- Thom Tillis Web Site official campaign site
- NCGA bio page
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart