Card image cap

Thom Tillis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



Official Position: Candidate addressed this issue directly by taking the Political Courage Test.

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue, but Vote Smart inferred this issue based on the candidate's public record, including statements, voting record, and special interest group endorsements.

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue, or we could not infer an answer for this candidate despite exhaustive research of their public record.

Additional Information: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position, from their answers or Vote Smart's research.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as candidates submit them. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Thom Tillis has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2020.

  • "Thom believes all life is sacred and as Speaker, he promoted pro-life policies and helped reverse the pro-abortion state policies Democrats had put in place for decades." (
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood. (
  • ""Reforming our nation's tax code will lead to bigger paychecks for hardworking North Carolinians and Americans across the country by stimulating jobs and economic growth. The House proposal released today is an excellent step toward delivering on the tax reform the American people have been waiting for." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "We took the corporate tax from 6.9 down to 2.5. We took personal income tax rates from 7.75 down to 5.49. We got people back to work." (
  • "The federal government made a promise to seniors, and it must do everything we can to keep that promise and help save Social Security and Medicare for future generations. Restoring sustainability to the Social Security Trust Fund is nonnegotiable, and we must protect this program for our many seniors who rely on these critical benefits." (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Now is the time for reform," Senator Scott said. "The murder of George Floyd and its aftermath made clear from sea to shining sea that action must be taken to rebuild lost trust between communities of color and law enforcement. The JUSTICE Act takes smart, commonsense steps to address these issues, from ending the use of chokeholds and increasing the use of body worn cameras, to providing more resources for police departments to better train officers and make stronger hiring decisions. I want to thank Leader McConnell and the entire task force not just for their hard work on putting this bill together, but for their commitment to finding real solutions." (
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "I'm also pleased the NDAA includes $240 million to upgrade North Carolina's military installations and a number of provisions I championed to modernize the management of officers and establish policies and procedures to end juvenile sexual assault and harassment, domestic violence, and child abuse." (
  • "This bipartisan legislation also ensures that Camp Lejeune will get more than $1 billion as it continues to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Florence and more than $2 billion total to North Carolina's military installations as they continue to play an important role in the defense of our nation." (
  • "North Carolina's railways play an important role in fostering economic development across the state," said Senator Burr. "I was proud to support these three awarded grants, as these projects will implement critical safety measures, improve operations, and create access to new industrial sites throughout North Carolina. I would like to thank Secretary Chao for recognizing the importance of these rail and transit improvements for all North Carolinians." (
  • "Improved transportation and related infrastructure throughout North Carolina and across the country sustains our quality of life, supports jobs and enhances safety, and allows us to invest in our country's economic growth and global competitiveness." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "We took the corporate tax from 6.9 down to 2.5. We took personal income tax rates from 7.75 down to 5.49. We got people back to work." (
  • "Through the three bipartisan COVID-19 relief packages that Senator Tillis has voted for, he's secured over $9.5 billion for North Carolinians. The Paycheck Protection portion of the CARES Act has yielded 39,250 approved loans totaling $8.05 billion for North Carolina small businesses in need." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 748 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • "Federal education policies should provide flexibility for parents as well as state and local governments to set school curricula and prioritize school budgets." (
  • "Though imperfect, this legislation enacts important reforms to our education system by strengthening state and local control and ending the Common Core mandate as well as federal test-based accountability." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "As Congress considers specific and effective COVID-19 relief and recovery proposals, we urge you to consider policies that will bolster jobs and innovation across the clean energy economy including renewables, nuclear, carbon capture, efficiency, advanced transportation, and energy storage." (
  • "This is a win for renewable energy companies in North Carolina and across the country who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic," said Senator Tillis. "I want to thank the Trump Administration for listening to our concerns and providing companies facing supply chain disruptions as a result of COVID-19 additional time to put their projects in service and continue expanding our renewable energy industry." (
  • "We must pursue an all-of-the-above energy approach that is economically sound and helps put America on a path to energy independence." (
  • "This legislation is an important first step to cutting several layers of bureaucratic red tape that will allow for the responsible exploration of offshore energy," said Senator Tillis. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pursue a national energy policy that will put America on the path to energy independence and help lower utility bills for hardworking families in North Carolina." (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • "I believe we can address climate change with realistic and responsible market-driven solutions that foster innovation, competition, and economic growth." (
  • Rated 7% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "I am a strong supporter of protecting and promoting our Second Amendment rights." (
  • "In the state legislature, Thom has fought to protect 2nd Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens and pushed to increase criminal penalties for those who don't." (
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • Voted in favor of S Amdt 667 - Health Care Freedom Act of 2017. (
  • "Last year I promised the citizens of North Carolina that if I were elected I would do everything I could to repeal and replace Obamacare, and this upcoming vote is fulfilling that promise," (
  • "Tillis votes in favor of the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Phase II). The measure ensures free coronavirus testing, establishes an emergency paid leave program, increases unemployment benefits, and provides food aid during the COVID-19 outbreak." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Rated 13% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Advocating for secure borders and walls to reduce illegal immigration, human trafficking, and drug trafficking." (
  • "Our nation is long-overdue for commonsense immigration reform, particularly when it comes to providing a path to naturalization for DACA recipients and securing our borders" (
  • ""It's clear that the only path forward to providing a permanent solution for DACA youth, securing our borders, and modernizing our immigration system is building consensus on a plan that the President supports and can be signed into law. I'll continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reach that consensus." (
  • "Last week, we introduced the SUCCEED Act, a conservative legislative solution to fix DACA. We are stepping up to do what Mr. Trump, and the American people, have asked Congress to do. The bill provides a fair, multistep process to give DACA kids a home, while also prohibiting chain migration during the process, and discouraging future illegal immigration. The SUCCEED Act only covers young people who were brought to the U.S. by their parents before the age of 16 and before June 15, 2012, the enactment date of DACA. They must follow one of three specific merit-based pathways in order to earn legalization: 1) they must be gainfully employed, 2) they must pursue postsecondary or vocational education, or 3) they must serve in the U.S. military." (
  • Rated 13% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "The President is also reimposing sanctions, which were effective in weakening the Iranian regime and bringing them to the negotiating table in the first place. The Iranian regime's threat to peace and stability is real: we cannot repeat the mistakes and miscalculations of the past." (
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "These sanctions send a clear and unified message to the Russian, Iranian, and North Korean regimes that America will hold them accountable for their transgressions," said Senator Tillis. "I encourage the President to quickly sign this much-needed bipartisan legislation into law." (
  • "For nearly two decades, America's finest--our brave men and women in uniform--have risked and sacrificed their lives in the global effort to rid the world of radical jihadist terrorism. While we have made significant progress, we cannot afford Afghanistan to now be turned into a safe haven for ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban," said Senator Tillis. "I applaud the President for clearly defining America's objectives in Afghanistan and South Asia, which will help promote peace and stability in the region and ultimately make us safer here at home." (
  • Rated 93% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (
  • "For far too long, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have delayed the ratification of the USMCA and have obstructed President Trump's reform agenda with political exercises like their ongoing partisan impeachment attempt. I'm glad this unnecessary delay finally looks like it's over. President Trump promised to replace NAFTA with a better trade deal for American workers, and he deserves a tremendous amount of credit for negotiating the USMCA, which will provide a great boost to North Carolina's small businesses and hardworking farmers." (
  • "President Trump has led the way to establish a new paradigm for trade agreements that protect American interests, and the USMCA provides for long overdue updates to NAFTA, but the mechanisms of the DMCA to deter copyright infringement need to be updated." (
  • "Congress and the White House should be doing everything in their power to build off of tax reform and keep this momentum going. While I'm supportive of punishing bad actors who abuse trade policy, our response needs to be methodical and surgical so we aren't inadvertently punishing America's allies and sparking retaliatory tariffs that could slow down our economic momentum." (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (

Vote Smart does not permit the use of its name or programs in any campaign activity, including advertising, debates, and speeches.