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Thom Goolsby
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North Carolina State Senate, District 9
Former member
In office
January 26, 2011 - August 4, 2014
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sThe Citadel
Master'sGolden Gate University
J.D.University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Personal
Place of birthDothan, Alabama
ProfessionAttorney/Adjunct Professor
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Thomas "Thom" Goolsby is a former Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 9 from 2010 to August 4, 2014.[1]

Biography

Goolsby completed his B.B.A. at the Citadel. He earned an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Goolsby is a partner at the Goolsby Law Firm and teaches law at Campbell University. He served in the United States Marine Corps.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Goolsby served on the following committees:

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety
Appropriations/Base Budget
Commerce
Finance
Judiciary I
State and Local Government

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Goolsby served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2010

Goolsby's Website highlighted the following issues:[3]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Sen. Goolsby wants a balanced budget and pro-growth policies that allow our state’s vibrant private sector to create new commerce opportunities for New Hanover County. To change the state’s business climate he cut taxes and spending to ease regulations and encourage investment from the business community."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Sen. Goolsby protects residents wary of funding a system that only serves the dollar. Opposing tax, tuition and fee increases relieves pressure on the private sector and creates a dialogue on the responsible role of government."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Sen. Goolsby is a staunch advocate for charter schools and homeschooling. He believes competition benefits the state’s learning environment and gives families this important choice for their children. He protects the rights of special needs students to reach their potential and supports the requirement that Pre-K funding help low income families first."
  • Health care
Excerpt: "The recent costs of Medicare reforms, Medicaid IT and state exchange structures in North Carolina preview disastrous outcomes for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."
  • Crime
Excerpt: "Sen. Goolsby is a former Counsel to the State Crime Commission and co-chairs both the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety and the Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety committee."

Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Goolsby ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 8. He defeated Deb Butler (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

North Carolina State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Goolsby Incumbent 54.2% 52,955
     Democratic Deb Butler 45.8% 44,817
Total Votes 97,772

2010

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Goolsby won the race for District 9 of the North Carolina State Senate in the November 2 general election. He defeated James Leutze (D) in the general election.[5] He defeated Michael V. Lee in the Republican primary.[6]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 9 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Goolsby (R) 36,701 57.44%
Jim Leutze (D) 27,189 42.56%

In polling from the John W. Pope Civitas prior to the election, Goolsby held a significant lead over Leutze. Both candidates campaigned on the need to cut state spending and control taxes.[7]

North Carolina State Senate Republican Primary, District 9 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Goolsby 8,926
Michael Lee 5,948

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Goolsby is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Goolsby raised a total of $922,135 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 28, 2013.[8]

Thom Goolsby's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina State Senate, District 9 Won $527,547
2010 North Carolina State Senate, District 9 Won $394,588
Grand Total Raised $922,135

2012

Goolsby won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Goolsby raised a total of $527,547.
North Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thom Goolsby's campaign in 2012
North Carolina Republican Party$177,942
Bender, Bridget$8,000
Graham, Shari M$8,000
Graham, William M$8,000
Bender II, Neil C$8,000
Total Raised in 2012$527,547
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from January 9 to July 26. In 2014, the North Carolina General Assembly will be in session from May 14 through a date to be determined by the legislature.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues and ideals.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.
  • Environment North Carolina: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on 20 bills picked by the organization that they consider the worst of the session.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to pro-family and Biblical values.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to animal welfare, sponsoring animal welfare bills, completing the NCVAW survey and responsiveness to animal advocates constituents.

2011–2012

In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from January 26 to June 18. A special session dealing with redistricting began July 13 and ended July 28. In 2012, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from May 16 to July 3.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.

Personal

Goolsby and his wife, Rachael, have three children. They currently reside in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Julia Boseman (D)
North Carolina State Senate District 9
2011-August 4, 2014
Succeeded by
Michael V. Lee (R)