- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

FULL NAME: Thomas Roland Tillis.

EARLY YEARS: Born Aug. 30, 1960, in Jacksonville, Fla. Lived in suburb of Nashville, Tenn., during high school.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, University of Maryland University College, 1997. Also attended four other community colleges and universities.

OCCUPATION: Former partner and consultant at IBM Global Business Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Previously worked for Wang Laboratories.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Commissioner, Town of Cornelius, 2004-05; member, North Carolina House, 2007-present; House Minority Whip, 2009-10; House speaker, 2011-present.

FAMILY: Wife, Susan. Married since 1987. Two children: Lindsay, 25, and Ryan, 23. Ryan is working on his campaign.

QUOTE: “When I’m thinking about policy, I’m thinking about those people barely getting by, barely making ends meet. I’m thinking about how taxes can destroy a person’s hopes and dreams. I’m thinking about regulations can stop small businesses from taking risks, investing capital, growing jobs. That’s what this campaign is about.” - Tillis after filing his candidacy papers in Raleigh.

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