Thom Tillis, U.S. Senator from North Carolina

Thom Tillis

U.S. Senator from North Carolina

Thomas Roland Tillis was born in August 1960 in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned a degree in technology management from the University of Maryland University College. He worked for a computer company In Boston and later for Price Waterhouse before moving to North Carolina where he began his political career. 

He was a Cornelius, North Carolina, town commissioner, then was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives. For a time, Tillis served as Speaker. He was elected to the United States Senate and assumed office in January 2015. 

Tillis is married to Susan, and they have two children. He is a Catholic.  

In the News…

The bipartisan duo of Senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Chris Coons of Delaware, cautioned Americans to be aware of the legal means China is using to surpass the U.S. rather than focusing exclusively on illegal research and innovation theft, although that remains very much a problem. 

At a subcommittee meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Tillis said, “Beyond theft, the significant concern for all of us here today should be the CCP overtaking the United States in domestic innovation rather than a current reliance on theft, using past theft to become a competitor head to head.” 

Senator Tillias stated that some U.S. allies in industries like pharmaceuticals and biotech research are also undermining U.S. intellectual property rights, but China remains the major threat. 

Senator Coons said, “China has manipulated standard-setting boards and flooded the USPTO [Patent Office] with trademark and patent applications to slow down all of its work.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Tillis today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Thom Tillis 
Senator from North Carolina 
113 Dirksen Senate Office Building 
Washington, DC 20510


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