Robert Leon Tillman

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Robert Leon Tillman
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U.S. House, Kansas, District 4
High schoolWichita High School East (1964)
Bachelor'sWichita State University (1978)
Master'sWichita State University (1981)
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Robert Leon Tillman was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. Tillman won the nomination in the Democratic primary on August 7, 2012.[1]

Tillman lost to Republican incumbent Mike Pompeo on November 6, 2012.[2]



  • 1964: Wichita High School East
  • 1978: Wichita State University, Bachelor’s of Arts Degree, with triples majors in Psychology, Sociology and Minority Studies
  • 1981: Wichita State University, Masters of Arts Degree in Sociology


Tillman has worked for King Music Company, Coleman, Cessna, Wesley Medical Center and Boeing Aircraft. He also served 6 years in the Kansas National Guard from 1966-1972.[3] Tillman owned and operated Dick’s Lounge and Tillman’s Family Restaurant, and worked for 2 years as a Special Education Assistant Teacher for the Holy Family Center.[3]



See also: Kansas' 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Tillman ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kansas' 4th District. Tillman won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was June 11, 2012. The date was originally set for June 1, but a delay in the redistricting process caused the state to push back the filing deadline.[4]. The primary elections were held on August 7, 2012. Tillman defeated Esau Freeman in the Democratic primary on August 7, 2012. He was defeated by Mike Pompeo in the general election.[5] The general election took place on November 6, 2012.

General Results

U.S. House, Kansas District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pompeo Incumbent 62.2% 161,094
     Democratic Robert Leo Tillman 31.6% 81,770
     Libertarian Thomas Jefferson 6.2% 16,058
Total Votes 258,922
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Primary results

The primary took place on August 7.[6]

Democratic Primary
Kansas' 4th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Tillman 70.8% 11,224
Esau Freeman 29.2% 4,618
Total Votes 15,842

Campaign themes

Below is an excerpt from Tillman's list of reasons for running for office.[7]

  • 1. "I am running for Congress because my wife wants me to get a job."
  • 2. "I am running for Congress because I want help President Obama."
  • 3. "I am running for Congress because I want to help the people of KS."
  • 4. "I am running for Congress because I want to help make the laws of the U.S."
  • 30. "My political campaign reserves the right to withdraw if there is no funding support."

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Drummond's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Drummond lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Drummond's campaign committee raised a total of $22,044 and spent $14,163.[8]

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