|North Carolina House of Representatives District 98|
|2007 - Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
In May 2011, Governing Magazine named Tillis one of 17 "GOP Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities like leadership, ambition, and political potential.
Tillis received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. He is a business executive. He and his wife, Susan, have two children, Lindsay and Ryan.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Tillis was not appointed to a standing committee.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tillis was not appointed to a standing committee.
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Tillis served on the following committees:
|North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Financial Institutions|
|• Judiciary III|
|• Local Government I|
|• Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House|
|• Science and Technology|
|• Ways and Means/Broadband Connectivity|
Tillis ran for re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the May 8, 2012 Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|North Carolina House of Representatives, District 98, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Thom Tillis Incumbent||100%||27,971|
|North Carolina House of Representatives, General Election Results, District 98 (2010)|
|Thom Tillis (R)||23,540||100%|
|North Carolina House of Representatives, District 98|
|Thom Tillis (R)||38,875|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Tillis was up for re-election, he collected $397,340 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|North Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Thom Tillis's campaign in 2010|
|North Carolina Farm Bureau||$11,000|
|North Carolina Association Of Realtors||$9,000|
|Fennebresque, John C||$8,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$397,340|
In 2008, Tillis collected $43,050 in donations.
These were the largest contributors in 2008.
|SOUTHEAST ANESTHESIOLOGY CONSULTANTS||$4,000|
|BANK OF AMERICA||$2,000|
|PRESBYTERIAN ANESTHESIA ASSOCIATES||$2,000|
DOT Contingency Fund
Due to the lack of oversight and limits on its use, the North Carolina Department of Transportation Contingency Fund was identified as a slush fund and an example of cronyism by the John Locke Foundation. Reduced from $15 million to $12 million in 2010, Tillis controls $4 million of this fund in his role as Speaker of the House. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and DOT Secretary Tony Tata also each control $4 million.
Tillis came under fire in mid-October 2011 following comments he made at a town meeting where he suggested the state "find a way to divide and conquer" citizens on welfare. Tillis responded, saying he made a "poor choice of words" but stood by other comments he made, including the possibility of drug-testing those receiving public assistance as well as all government workers.
At the meeting in question, Tillis said tight budgets necessitate difficult decisions. He went on to compare welfare for "a woman in a wheelchair" to that for an unmarried mother:
"At some point, we'll have to say, 'First kid, we'll give you a pass. Second, third or fourth kid, you're on your own. What we have to do is find a way to divide and conquer the people who are on assistance. We have to show respect for that woman who has cerebral palsy and had no choice in her condition that needs help and we should help.
And we need to get those folks to look down at those people who choose to get into a position that makes them dependent on the government and say at some point, 'You're on your own. We may end up taking care of those babies but we're not going to take care of you.'"
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Thom + Tillis + North Carolina + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Representative Tillis's campaign
- North Carolina House of Representative - Rep. Tillis
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006
- Representative Tillis's twitter
- Representative Tillis's facebook
- Governing, "GOP Legislators to Watch," May 24, 2011
- North Carolina Board of Elections "Candidate lists," Accessed March 5, 2012
- Official North Carolina Election Results, 2010
- North Carolina House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- "2008 campaign contributions"
- 2010 campaign contributions
- 2008 contributions
- Jon Sanders, John Locke Foundation, "Carolina Cronyism: Introduction, Overview, and Reform," July 2012, pp. 15-16
- Miami Herald, "North Carolina politician under fire for comments on welfare recipients," October 13, 2011
- Charlotte Observer, "Rep. Tillis criticized for drug test idea," October 13, 2011
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