About Tom McInnis

The son of a farmer and a public school teacher, Tom grew up in a modest, working-class family on a farm in Richmond County. He learned from his parents the value of a dollar, the importance of a relevant education, and how to work hard to earn a living. Tom McInnis never had the luxury of a large inheritance or handouts.  He put himself through school and built small businesses that have created jobs in our community for years.

Currently in his third term of the State Senate, Tom has worked to reduce unnecessary government rules, regulations and restrictions that stifle the entrepreneurial spirit of North Carolina’s citizens and job creators, while continuing to protect the health, safety and welfare of all North Carolinians. Tom has focused on relevant vocational and technical educational opportunities leading to a living wage. He has worked to raise teacher pay and provisions for better educational opportunities for students through school choice programs. While Tom sees all of the work he’s done in Raleigh as important, perhaps none is as critical as his ongoing fight against Opioid addictions. Having seen first-hand the devastation that Opioid addiction can cause, he is driven to continue this battle. Tom is the Chairperson of the Senate Transportation Committee for Policy and Appropriations and also serves on the committees for Commerce and Insurance, State and Local Government, Agriculture, Environmental and Natural Resources.

Tom is running for re-election to the State Senate because he believes the constituents of the new 25th District deserve an experienced Senator who is bold, decisive and willing to work tirelessly to improve education, increase job opportunities, improve transportational infrastructure all the while applying conservative principles that will improve the lives of all the citizens of Anson, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties.  

Tom’s wife, Janice, is a retired Richmond County Schools teacher. They have 4 children and 11 grandchildren and they make their home in Ellerbe and Pinehurst, NC. 

Awards and Achievements:
  • Richmond Community College Foundation Citizen of the Year for 2020
  • The Henry W. Little, III Community Leadership Award given by The Anson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Delta Waterfowl Legislator of the Year 2018
  • North Carolina Trappers Association Legislator of the Year, 2017
  • NC Forestry Association Legislator of the Year, 2016
  • Served 8 years on the Richmond County Board of Education
  • Appointed by Congressman Robin Hayes to the 8th Congressional District Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • Elected to the North Carolina Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame
  • Recipient of the Prestigious National Auctioneers Association President’s Award of Distinction
  • Served 2 Terms on the National Auctioneers Board of Directors
  • Appointed by Governor Jim Martin to serve 2 terms on the North Carolina Auctioneers Licensing Board
  • Memberships and Associations: Lifetime Member and Former Consultant to the National Rifle Association, Member of the North Carolina Forestry Association
Tom has donated much time to community service and support through benefit auctions for charities and non-profits throughout the United States raising millions of dollars to support worthy causes such as:
  • Hospice
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • 4H Clubs
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Quail Unlimited
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • National Rifle Association
  • North Carolina Forestry Association
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Water Fowl USA
  • Wild Life Extravaganza
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation
  • Disability Resources, Inc.
  • Kent Waldrep National Paralysis Foundation
  • Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Foundation
  • SECU Family House at UNC Memorial Hospital at Chapel Hill
  • Stanley County Hospital Foundation
  Professional Education and Certifications:
  • Reisch College of Auctioneering – Mason City, Iowa
  • Certified Auctioneers Institution – Indiana State University
  • Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker – NC, SC, VA
  • Licensed Auctioneer – NC, SC, VA,