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Model candidate: Thom Tillis running for US Senate

1. Managerial competence
1. Managerial competence
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What’s to like about Thom Tillis, Senate candidate from N. Carolina? Even if you are not a Republican living in North Carolina, there is something good about the fact that Thom Tillis won the Republican nomination. The bar was just raised for the Democrats. if the Democrats post a Senate candidate with equal to or greater qualifications, then America wins because in that election instance, quality has been improved. Thom Tillis is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers partner. That translates to having impeccable qualifications as a professional with certifications. (I know that because I am a PWC alumnus.)

“Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives


Assumed office
January 26, 2011

Preceded by
Joe Hackney
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 98th district


Assumed office
January 2007

Preceded by
John Rhodes
Personal details

Thomas Roland Tillis
August 30, 1960 (age 53)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Political party
Susan Tillis
Children 2

Alma mater
University of Maryland,
University College

What America needs is certifiable competence in government (short list):

  1. Managerial competence
  2. Professional and technical competence
  3. Private sector competence

Thom Tillis hits all three bases.

“Tillis wins Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in North Carolina


May 6 at 9:24 pm

“Republican senatorial candidate Thom Tillis listens during a televised debate at WRAL television studios in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool)
The establishment wing of the Republican Party scored a major victory in North Carolina Tuesday when state House Speaker Thom Tillis won the party's nomination for U.S. Senate, turning back tea party challengers who threatened to complicate the GOP's effort to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) in a key midterm battleground.

"The party has triangulated pretty well so far and this was the first test," said Michael Steele, a former Republican National Committee chairman. "Tillis and his people have worked hard to control how this plays out. But they have to be careful to not rub the base's nose in their success."
Tillis's ability to gallop ahead late in the race, in spite of the steep competition he faced on his right, signals that the Republican establishment may be better poised than previously thought to push through its favored candidates in Senate primaries later this month in Georgia and Kentucky, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces Matt Bevin, a tea party challenger.”

Job model for US Senator

“The Senate has several exclusive powers not granted to the House, including consenting to treaties as a precondition to their ratification and consenting to or confirming appointments of Cabinet secretaries, federal judges, other federal executive officials, military officers, regulatory officials, ambassadors, and other federal uniformed officers,[2][3] as well as trial of federal officials impeached by the House. The Senate is both a more deliberative[4] and more prestigious[5][6][7] body than the House of Representatives, due to its longer terms, smaller size, and statewide constituencies, which historically led to a more collegial and less partisan atmosphere.[8]”


Further information: Act of Congress

Bills may be introduced in either chamber of Congress. However, the Constitution's Origination Clause provides that "All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives".[46] As a result, the Senate does not have the power to initiate bills imposing taxes. Furthermore, the House of Representatives holds that the Senate does not have the power to originate appropriation bills, or bills authorizing the expenditure of federal funds.[47][48][49] Historically, the Senate has disputed the interpretation advocated by the House. However, when the Senate originates an appropriations bill, the House simply refuses to consider it, thereby settling the dispute in practice.[citation needed] The constitutional provision barring the Senate from introducing revenue bills is based on the practice of the British Parliament, in which only the House of Commons may originate such measures.[50]

Although the Constitution gave the House the power to initiate revenue bills, in practice the Senate is equal to the House in the respect of spending. As Woodrow Wilson wrote:[51]

“The Senate's right to amend general appropriation bills has been allowed the widest possible scope. The upper house may add to them what it pleases; may go altogether outside of their original provisions and tack to them entirely new features of legislation, altering not only the amounts but even the objects of expenditure, and making out of the materials sent them by the popular chamber measures of an almost totally new character.

”The approval of both houses is required for any bill, including a revenue bill, to become law. Both Houses must pass the same version of the bill; if there are differences, they may be resolved by sending amendments back and forth or by a conference committee, which includes members of both bodies.”

1. Managerial competence
1. Managerial competence Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty

1. Managerial competence


Thom has 31 years of work experience as a senior leader in public service and in top-tier management consulting firms. Thom engineered a successful bid for securing a republican majority in the North Carolina House of Representatives for only the second time in 140 years. Thom's work led to his election as Speaker of the House in 2011. Thom leveraged is experience with large-scale organizational transformation to restructure the House committees and legislative operations, which led to the shortest legislative session since 1973. At the same time, the 2011 session was considered the most productive in modern legislative history. In 2013, Thom was unanimously reelected by republicans and democrats as the Speaker of the House.
Thom has led a number of large-scale, complex projects involving business process reengineering and the use of advanced technology. Thom has directly managed more than two million project hours of work. Thom has a track record for leading practices that spanned the United States.
Thom has led a number of successful business growth initiatives, and he has managed the difficult task of downsizing in the face of a challenging economic climate. Thom has demonstrated a strong ability to manage expenses, drive revenue and oversee administrative processes in large organizations, most recently in his role as Speaker overseeing a $20 BILLION annual budget.
In four years, Thom made a unprecedented rise from minority freshman to minority Whip to Speaker of the House. In 2006 Thom was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives and he was re-elected in 2008. In 2008, Thom was elected by the Republican Caucus members to be the House Republican Whip, one of only two leadership positions in the caucus. In 2010, Thom was nominated to be Speaker of the House. Thom has demonstrated the value of his management skills in a highly complex, dynamic environment in public service and in highly complex business environments."

2. Professional and technical competence
2. Professional and technical competence alengo via Getty Images

2. Professional and technical competence

Thom's experience and knowledge is current and prepares him to address the scope and scale of needs facing the nation.

“Specialties: Business Process Transformation / Operational Effectiveness

Enterprise Resource Planning (SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft)
Finance Transformation
Supply Chain Optimization / Strategic Sourcing

3. Private sector competence
3. Private sector competence Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

3. Private sector competence

“Partner - Global Business Services

IBM Global Business Services
August 1990 – April 2009 (18 years 9 months)
I officially left IBM on April 26, 2009 to focus on the remainder of this legislative session and on my role as Chairman of the NC House Republican Caucus Campaign Committee. I've left IBM but I have not left technology. I serve as Vice Chair of the Ways and Means / Broadband Committee an the House Committee on Science and Technology.

IBM Global Services
2002 – 2009 (7 years)

August 1990 – October 2002 (12 years 3 months)
Admitted to partnership in 1996. I had the opportunity to lead technical practices as well as industry and process practices. Excerpt from resume...

Thom's career at PW spanned a wide array of technology and business focused practices. Thom's role on engagements has encompassed full lifecycle (analysis, design, construction, system test, and implementation). The projects have ranged from organizational effectiveness and business process reengineering to enterprise-wide systems implementations involving the full suite of human resources/payroll, supply chain, financials, work management base on industry-leading platform's (i.e., Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP).
Shortly after Thom's admission to the PW partnership, he was promoted to the Information Technology Infrastructure and Reseller (ITI/R) practice leader in the east business unit. Thom's responsibilities expanded from a single industry focus (2 partners & 50 staff) to a cross-industry focus (9 partners & 230 staff). Thom's practice was responsible for annual revenue of $100 million in consulting services and $70 million in technology resale. As a Practice Leader, Thom was responsible for the overall operation of the practice including business strategy formulation and execution, business development and administrative functions.

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