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Thomas Goolsby
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 9th district

In office
January 2011 – August 4, 2014[1]
Preceded by Julia Boseman
Succeeded by Michael V. Lee
Personal details
Born September 11, 1961(1961-09-11) (age 58)
Dothan, Alabama
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rachael Goolsby
Children Fleming, Lily, and Alabama
Residence Wilmington, North Carolina
Alma mater The Citadel,
Golden Gate University,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Profession Lawyer, Adjunct Professor of Law, President of Empowered Investor
Religion Catholic

Thomas Cowart Goolsby (born September 11, 1961) is a former Republican North Carolina State Senator representing North Carolina.

A graduate of The Citadel and Regimental Commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Goolsby served as a Marine Corps officer after college. Governor Jim Martin appointed him Counsel to the State Crime Commission before he opened his legal practice, the Goolsby Law Firm, in Wilmington. He is a former chairman of the New Hanover County Republican Party and an adjunct professor of law at Campbell University.

Goolsby earned an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the president of Empowered Investor Inc. and lives in Wilmington with his wife Rachael and three children, Fleming, Lily, and Alabama.[2]

Political careerEdit

Election 2010Edit

Goolsby won the race for District 9 of the North Carolina State Senate in the November 2, 2010 general election. He defeated James Leutze (D) with 57% of the vote.[3]

In polling prior to the election, Goolsby held a significant lead over Leutze. Both candidates campaigned on the need to cut state spending and control taxes.[4]

Campaign contributionsEdit

In 2010, Goolsby raised $394,588 in campaign contributions.[5]

Election 2012Edit

Goolsby was unopposed in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012. He faced Democratic nominee Deb Butler in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

During the general election campaign, Goolsby was criticized for his support of mandatory, trans-vaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions. Though Goolsby went on to win re-election, Butler's campaign ad on this topic generated national and international attention.[7][8]

As State SenatorEdit

Goolsby sponsored legislation that repealed the state's Racial Justice Act.[9]

Goolsby has penned a number of opinion columns in local newspapers critical of the Moral Mondays protests, calling them "Moron Mondays" and later "Money Mondays", and referring to protestors as "mostly white, angry, aged former hippies."[10][11][12]

Goolsby chose not to run for re-election in 2014, and he resigned from the legislature in August 2014, before the expiration of his term.[13]


Goolsby served as vice chairman of the Senate Judiciary I committee and chairman of both the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety and the Appropriations Committee on Justice and Public Safety. He chaired interim committees on pharmaceutical liability, retitling of manufactured homes and consolidation of judicial and prosecutorial districts. He was a member of interim committees on government operations, modernization of banking, energy policy and marine fisheries.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Julia Boseman (D)
North Carolina State Senate
District 9

Succeeded by

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