- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

FULL NAME: Thomas Roland Tillis.

AGE: 54. Born Aug. 30, 1960, in Jacksonville, Florida. Lived in suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, 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; won Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in May.

FAMILY: Wife, Susan. Two adult children.

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