|Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 9th district
January 2011 – August 4, 2014
|Preceded by||Julia Boseman|
|Succeeded by||Michael V. Lee|
September 11, 1961 |
|Children||Fleming, Lily, and Alabama|
|Residence||Wilmington, North Carolina|
|Alma mater||The Citadel,
Golden Gate University,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|Profession||Lawyer, adjunct professor of law, president of Empowered Investor|
A graduate of The Citadel and regimental commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Goolsby served as a Marine Corps officer after college. Governor Jim Martin appointed him counsel to the State Crime Commission before he opened his legal practice, the Goolsby Law Firm, in Wilmington. He is a former chairman of the New Hanover County Republican Party and an adjunct professor of law at Campbell University.
Goolsby earned an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the president of Empowered Investor Inc. and lives in Wilmington with his wife Rachael and three children, Fleming, Lily, and Alabama.
In polling prior to the election, Goolsby held a significant lead over Leutze. Both candidates campaigned on the need to cut state spending and control taxes.
In 2010, Goolsby raised $394,588 in campaign contributions.
During the general election campaign, Goolsby was criticized for his support of mandatory, trans-vaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions. Though Goolsby went on to win re-election, Butler's campaign ad on this topic generated national and international attention.
As state senator
Goolsby has penned a number of opinion columns in local newspapers critical of the Moral Mondays protests, calling them "Moron Mondays" and later "Money Mondays", and referring to protestors as "mostly white, angry, aged former hippies."
Goolsby chose not to run for re-election in 2014, and he resigned from the legislature in August 2014, before the expiration of his term.
Goolsby served as vice chairman of the Senate Judiciary I committee and chairman of both the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety and the Appropriations Committee on Justice and Public Safety. He chaired interim committees on pharmaceutical liability, retitling of manufactured homes and consolidation of judicial and prosecutorial districts. He was a member of interim committees on government operations, modernization of banking, energy policy and marine fisheries.
- Official Senate Website
- Senator Thom Goolsby: Committees
- Thom Goolsby's official campaign Web site
- Profile at Vote Smart
- NC General Assembly. Accessed Aug. 6, 2014.
- Senator Thom Goolsby: Bio
- General Election Results
- Carolina Journal: N.C. Senate candidates call for budget cuts
- 2010 campaign contributions
- North Carolina Board of Elections "Candidate lists," Accessed March 9, 2012 Archived March 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- The London Daily Mail "North Carolina state Senate candidate waves transvaginal ultrasound wand in campaign ad," Accessed June 8, 2013
- The Washington Post' ' "North Carolina campaign ad shows transvaginal probe, latest war on women weapon" Accessed June 8, 2013
- "Goolsby Defends Potential Racial Justice Act Repeal". Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- "Goolsby rips NAACP protests as 'Moron Monday'". Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- Thom Goolsby (2013-06-07). "Moron Monday shows radical Left just doesn't get it". Chatam Journal.
- Thom Goolsby. "'Moron Monday' Remarks Way Off Base". Elkin Tribune.
- News & Observer
- Senator Thom Goolsby: Committees
Julia Boseman (D)
|North Carolina State Senate