The Republican takeover of the N.C. legislature, the first time the GOP has led both houses since 1898, is a huge shift in power that's brought a lot of new faces, and people new to doing business on Jones Street. In what we hope is a regular feature this session, N.C. Policy Watch will try to talk with some of the newest members to offer a bit more insight on who they are and what they plan on doing this session in Raleigh. This will be an ongoing feature, with the goal of profiling all the new members. Haven't been contacted for your profile yet? New legislators can contact reporter Sarah Ovaska at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Sen. Tommy Tucker (Republican)
Hometown: Waxhaw (represents Mecklenburg, Union counties)
Family: Diane (works at the family business); two children.
Occupation: president Parks Heating and Cooling
Education: attended NCSU, graduate of Randolph-Macon Military Academy
Previous political experience: Weddington city council, 1994-1996; Union County commissioner, 1996-2000
Organizations (charities, churches, civic groups) you’re active in: Board of Trustees – Union County Foundation for the Carolinas. Member of First Baptist Church of Indian Trail.
Biggest political influencer: George Washington
Hobbies: working in community, church, family and bird hunting
Any pet peeves?: Car GPS systems that determine local roads are located in Wisconsin.
How you plan on unwinding from the legislative grind? Exercise and reading.
Why’d you run?: I saw North Carolina moving in the wrong direction. North Carolina cannot create a sustainable future for its families at current spending levels.
What do you expect from this session? Putting North Carolina on a pro-jobs, pro-business direction through sound fiscal policies.
What are you looking forward to? Getting to work soon.
What are you dreading? The human element of the budget cycle.
What (policy-wise) keeps you up worrying at night? Wasteful spending. NC engaged in activities exceeding constitutional authority.
If you had only one victory this session, what would it be? More jobs resulting from a stronger economy.
Contact: 311 Legislative Office Building, (919) 733-7659, Tommy.Tucker@ncleg.net.