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Thom TillisREPRepublican United States Senator
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NCResidence (state)

Thomas Roland Tillis (TIL-iss; born August 30, 1960) is an American politician serving as the senior United States senator from North Carolina, a seat he has held since 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Tillis served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2007 to 2015, and as its speaker from 2011 to 2015. As speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Tillis led the Republican effort to block the expansion of Medicaid and worked to introduce restrictions on abortion, stringent voting requirements, and a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Tillis was elected to the Senate in 2014, defeating Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan, and reelected in 2020, defeating Democratic nominee Cal Cunningham. He became the state's senior U.S. senator when Richard Burr retired in 2023. In the Senate, Tillis has sought to repeal the Affordable Care Act, proposed a 15-year pathway to citizenship for some undocumented youth as a more conservative alternative to the bipartisan DREAM Act, and voted for the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which provided state funding for red flag laws, crises intervention orders and school safety resources. Tillis initially opposed President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to divert funding to a border wall, but voted for it after pressure from his party. His views on same-sex marriage evolved over time, and in 2022 he voted for the Respect for Marriage Act, which repealed the Defense of Marriage Act and codified same-sex and interracial marriage into federal law.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
University of Maryland Global Campus
Bachelor of Arts
Antioch Comprehensive High School
Chattanooga State Community College
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
United States Senate
2015 - Current
North Carolina State House of Representatives
2006 - 2014
North Carolina State House of Representatives
2011 - 2014
Cornelius Board of Commissioners
2003 - 2005
Former Minority Whip
North Carolina State House of Representatives
Global Business Services, International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation
2002 - 2009
1990 - 2002
Other Experience1 - 24 of 24
Hopewell High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association
2005 - 2006
Cornelius Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
Board Member
United Way of Central Carolinas
Lake Norman/Mooresville United Way
Dispatch Advisory Board
Project Hope, Hopewell High School
Board of Directors, Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
Fire and Rescue Advisory Board
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Personnel, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, United States Senate
Former Member
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate
Former Member
Senate Armed Services Committee
Former Member
Subcommittee on Airland
Former Member
Subcommittee on Seapower
Former Member
Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on the Constitution, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Personnel