|North Carolina House of Representatives District 98|
|2007 - Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Maryland|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Controversies
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Tillis received a B.S. from the University of Maryland University College. He has worked as a management consultant and business executive.
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|
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 has been endorsed by the following:
- Jeb Bush - Former Governor of Florida
- Pat McCrory - Governor of North Carolina
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- National Right to Life
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|
Comprehensive donor information for Tillis is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Tillis raised a total of $2,244,703 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 3, 2013.
|Thom Tillis's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||North Carolina House of Representatives, District 98||$1,654,609|
|2010||North Carolina House of Representatives, District 98||$397,340|
|2008||North Carolina House of Representatives, District 98||$43,050|
|2006||North Carolina House of Representatives, District 98||$149,704|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,244,703|
|Thom Tillis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$0.00||$277,922.08||$(22,916.56)||$255,005.52|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$255,005.52||$811,675.98||$(227,964.43)||$838,717.07|
|Year-End||April 15, 2014||$838,717.07||$714,326.17||$(266,132.65)||$1,286,910.59|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$1,286,910.59||$1,308,066.86||$(1,272,540.04)||$1,322,437.41|
2012Tillis won re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Tillis raised a total of $1,654,609.
|North Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Thom Tillis's campaign in 2012|
|Rj Reynolds Tobacco||$8,000|
|North Carolina Healthcare Facilities Association||$8,000|
|Shelton, Charles M||$8,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$1,654,609|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Tillis won re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Tillis raised a total of $397,340.
|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|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Tillis and his wife, Susan, have two children.
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.'"
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- United States Senate
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- Official campaign website
- Profile from the North Carolina House of Representatives
- Profile from Open States
- Social media:
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Collected news and commentary at The Huffington Post
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Times
- Campaign contributions by year: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006
- Southern Political Report "North Carolina: GOPers Circling Around Hagan" Accessed May 23, 2013
- Governing, "GOP Legislators to Watch," May 24, 2011
- Associated Press "APNewsBreak: Tillis says he'll run for US Senate" Accessed June 3, 2013
- The Hill, "Jeb Bush to endorse Tillis in North Carolina," accessed April 30, 2014
- ABC Local, "Governor Pat McCrory endorses Thom Tillis in Senate race," accessed April 30, 2014
- WNCT, "US Chamber of Commerce backs Tillis in NC race," accessed April 30, 2014
- National Right to Life News, "NRL Endorses House Speaker Thom Tillis, early voting in North Carolina has begun," accessed April 30, 2014
- 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"
- followthemoney.org, "Tillis, Thom" Accessed September 3, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Thom Tillis Summary Report," accessed May 8, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Thom Tillis July Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Thom Tillis October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Thom Tillis Year-End," accessed May 8, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Thom Tillis April Quarterly," accessed May 8, 2014
- 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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