Thom Tillis

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Thom Tillis
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North Carolina House of Representatives District 98
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionManagement Consultant
Office website
Thom Tillis is the Republican Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 98.

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.[1]

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.

Committee assignments


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:



See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[2]

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 98, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThom Tillis Incumbent 100% 27,971
Total Votes 27,971


See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Tillis won election to the North Carolina House of Representatives. He was initially challenged by Jacquelyn Smith (D) in the general election but she withdrew.[3]

North Carolina House of Representatives, General Election Results, District 98 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Thom Tillis (R) 23,540 100%


On November 4, 2008, Tillis won re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives.[4] $43,050 was raised for this campaign.[5] He ran unopposed.

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 98
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thom Tillis (R) 38,875

Campaign donors


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.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2008, Tillis collected $43,050 in donations.[7]

These were the largest contributors in 2008.

Donor Amount
AT&T $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.[8]

Welfare comments

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.[9]

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.'"[10]

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