|Member of the TennesseeHouseofRepresentatives |
from the 10th district
January 8, 2013 –January 8, 2019
|Preceded by||Don Miller|
|Succeeded by||Rick Eldridge|
|Alma mater|| Walters State Community College |
East Tennessee State University
|Branch/service|| United States Marine Corps |
United States Army
Tilman Goins (born April 10,1977)is an American politician and a Republican who represented District 10 in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018,and a former county commissioner from Hamblen County,TN. He is a veteran of both the US Marine Corps and the US Army.
Goins is a graduate of Morristown-Hamblen High School West. He earned an AS in history and geography from Walters State Community College and a BA in international affairs,BS in history,and an MPA in Public Finance from East Tennessee State University.
Goins was elected to a county commission seat in Hamblen County's 4th district in 2010 after narrowly defeating the 20-year incumbent Bobby Reinhardt. However,after being elected into the TN House of Representatives in 2012,Goins resigned from his commission seat to focus on his state legislative duties.
In 2012,Goins was elected to a seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives for District 10. Goins had challenged incumbent Representative Don Miller during the Republican Primary and won with 52% of the vote.
After serving three terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives,Goins announced on February 20,2018,that he would not seek reelection for a fourth term.
Goins served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs for two years under Governor Bill Lee.
Goins' political philosophy is one of personal liberty and limited government. As such,many of the bills sponsored by Goins focused on limiting government involvement in business and personal affairs.
A champion of criminal justice reform,Goins' legislative record includes passing legislation that dedicates criminal justice resources toward those that offended against others. Expanding electronic monitoring funding is an investment that Goins said allows jail space to be free of first-time,lower-level offenders who might be rehabilitated for those repeat violent offenders. Goins sponsored and passed several legislative efforts aimed at enhancing penalties for violent criminals while also making it easier for non-violent,low-level offenders to be reintroduced as productive members of society.
Goins championed many 2nd Amendment initiatives while serving in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Goins sponsored and passed several bills to remove state level prohibitions on certain firearms restrictions while in office.
Goins is married with one child,named Tilman as well.[ citation needed ]
Goins served in both the US Marines and the US Army.[ citation needed ]
Goins is a life member of American Mensa. [ circular reference ]
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