Thom Tillis may not have embraced the Tea Party, but the Tea Party Express certainly embraced him with the following endorsement: “Thom Tillis is a strong, conservative alternative… In North Carolina the choice is clear. We encourage every conservative to unite behind Thom Tillis.”
Although he has only been in the United Senate for under a year, he has wasted no time in moving to the left and allying himself with the Washington Cartel. Presently, Conservative Review gives Tillis a rating of 40% and Heritage Action for America gives Tillis an abysmal 59% conservative rating based, in part, on his votes to extend certain benefits to “same-sex marriage” couples, his support of No Child Left Behind legislation, his confirmation of radical leftist Loretta Lynch to be Barack Obama’s Attorney General and his left of center votes on a number of other issues.
Thomas Roland ‘Thom’ Tillis was born August 30, 1960 in Jacksonville, Florida to Margie and Thomas Raymond Tillis. Tillis’ family moved often and he spent part of his adolescence in New Orleans, Louisiana and Nashville, Tennessee. Upon high school graduation Tillis entered the workforce, but would return to school attending the University of Maryland where he earned his bachelor’s degree in technology management in 1996.
Tillis worked for PriceWaterhouse. Upon moving to Cornelius, North Carolina in 1998 Tillis began his political career. He sat on the town’s park board and ran for town commissioner in 2003. In 2006 Tillis ran for the General Assembly and defeated incumbent John W. Rhodes in the Republican primary. Tillis was elected without opposition that year and in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
In 2010 Tillis served as campaign chairman for the House Republican Caucus. He was elected Speaker of the House on January, 26, 2011. Governing magazine name Tillis as one of the “GOP Legislators to Watch,” in May 2011 based on his leadership, ambition and potential in politics. In January 2013 the Republican Caucus unanimously re-elected Tillis as Speaker of the House. While overseen by Tillis the state house restructured the tax code. This restructuring included a limit on the gas tax, a decrease of personal and business income tax and removal of the estate tax.
In 2014 Tillis ran for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Kay Hagan. His primary bid received endorsements from Florida Governor Jeb Bush, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory, previous presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. During his campaign Tillis debated in several events with other Republican candidates. Tillis won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate on May 6, 2014 and went on to win the Senate race on November, 4, 2014.