Candidate Profile
Thom Tillis

Republican , North Carolina

Biography

Name
Thom Tillis
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Somewhat Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 100% (cum.)
FRC Action, 2019:  100%
Grass Roots North Carolina, 2020:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business NC, 2012:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  94%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  93%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  84%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  82%, 79% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  73%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  13%, 73% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  71%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  69%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  67%
Club for Growth, 2019:  60%, 65% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  83%, 63% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  50%, 57% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  50% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  49% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  C-
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  37% (cum.)

79%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  67%
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  50%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  42%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  33%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  31%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  D
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  13%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  20%, 10% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  9%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  0%, 9% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  7%, 7% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters NC, 2017-18:  7%, 7% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 4% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F

13%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

12
Campaign for Working Families, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Donald Trump, *Family Research Council Action PAC, Huck PAC, John Bolton PAC and 6 more

Others

7
Americans for Prosperity Action, NC Chamber, *North Carolina Troopers Association, *Pro-Israel America, Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC PAC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Wake GOP

Reported by Candidate

6
President Donald Trump, National Right to Life, NC Right to Life, Susan B Anthony List, US Chamber of Commerce, NFIB

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
31
Citizens for Prosperity in America (2014), Club for Growth (2014), Committee to Elect Republican Women (2014), Dan F. Soucek (2008), George Holding (2013), Hugh Blackwell (2010) and 25 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
243
21st Century Majority Fund (2014), 60 Plus Association (2014), Alamo PAC (2019), Allen McNeill (2014), American Commitment Action Fund (2014), American Conservative Union (2014) and 237 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
8
Airline Pilots Association (2020), David Trone (2012), National Education Association (national, state & local affiliates) (2014), North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2011), Paul Singer (2019), Timothy Spear (2014) and 2 more

Summary

3%

LIBERAL

97%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I am pro-life but believe in exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is in danger.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Any reforms we make to Social Security need to keep the promises we’ve already made.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

During my time in the Senate, I’ve broken with Republican leadership and voted against budgets that I felt spent too much money and I’m prepared to continue to hold the line on spending if I get reelected.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

I introduced bipartisan legislation that gives more loan relief to students during the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the student relief that I previously voted for in the CARES Act. I recognize that this pandemic has put undue strain on those with student loan debt, and I was proud to work on legislation to reduce the burden for our nation’s students.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

(Did not answer)

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

I have been outspoken in my defense of our freedom of religion. One example of my commitment to this cause was when Pastor Andrew Brunson was being held in a Turkish prison for practicing his faith and I helped free him and get him returned safely to America.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Both Republicans and Democrats agree that Obamacare isn’t working. It’s caused premiums and deductibles to skyrocket and did not deliver on the critical promise that patients could keep their doctors. I support replacing Obamacare with a market-based solution that lowers cost, expands choice, allows individuals to be covered by their parents’ plan up to the age of 26, and ensures protections for patients with preexisting conditions. I have even taken steps to ensure that patients with pre-existing conditions maintain protections regardless of Obamacare's future in the courts by introducing the Protect Act. What I will never support is a government takeover of our healthcare system that would take away the health insurance that 150 million Americans get from their employers and are perfectly happy with.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Radical terrorists who put our country in danger must be defeated and we need to create a comprehensive strategy that eradicates their capability to harm or inspire harm to Americans. That strategy starts with bolstering our relationships with our allies through NATO, strengthening our relationship with Israel and putting sanctions on any country that is a state sponsor of terrorism, including Iran. We also need to continue to be aggressive in bringing murderous terrorists to justice, which is why I supported President Trump when he took out Qasem Soleimani.


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

I support merit-based legal immigration to the United States and have led the efforts to reform our temporary visa program to support American small businesses and workers.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

(Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am Catholic, which informs my belief in the dignity of work and that every life is a precious gift from God.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

When I was House speaker in North Carolina I cut taxes and regulations, making our state’s economy one of the best in the nation. I then went to the U.S Senate and did it again. I’m also leading the fight in the Senate to combat dangerous sanctuary cities that put North Carolinians at risk, I’ve helped rebuild our military and secure record pay raises for our troops, and I voted for Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

When I was Speaker of the House in Raleigh I helped secure a major tax code overhaul which led North Carolina to being one of the fastest growing states in the nation, and when I got to DC I did the same thing by helping to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I’ve fought for strong trade deals like the USMCA which brought jobs back to North Carolina’s farmers and manufacturers and worked to cut burdensome regulations to allow our small businesses to flourish. I know that my job is fighting for the jobs of all North Carolinians and that the road to economic recovery is paved with the same conservative policies like lower taxes, less regulation and America-first trade policies, which I’ve fought for my entire time in public service.


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Agree   


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

I am a strong supporter of the second amendment and will work to protect that freedom for law-abiding citizens. I certainly disagree with Democrats like Beto O’Rourke threatening to take away the guns of those who have purchased them legally.


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Disagree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Implementing more pro-growth policies that rebuild our economy, increase wages, and create jobs here in North Carolina. To do this, we need to continue to cut taxes, reduce the regulatory burden on business owners, and fight for stronger trade deals. Improving the lives of North Carolina military families, especially improving access to health care and job opportunities for veterans. Holding China accountable for their role in the spread of COVID-19.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Recent events have brought racism to the forefront, and peaceful demonstrators demanding justice deserve to be heard. No American, regardless of their skin color, should ever have to live in fear. We must listen, do better and address this problem. It is important for us to come together, not participate in violent riots that encourage assault, vandalism and looting, which are acts of domestic terrorism. All violent protestors should be put in jail.


Background

Education
  • University of Maryland University College, BS, 1997
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Offices
  • Speaker, NC House of Representatives, Held 4
  • State Representative, District 98, Held 8
 

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