Congressional hopeful and nationally recognized songwriter Lee Thomas Miller announced in a statement Tuesday he has tapped Franklin-based businessman Tim Pagliara to be his campaign finance chair in his bid to represent the people of Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District.
“Pagliara is founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Franklin-based CapWealth Advisors, and is recognized as one of the top financial advisors in the state and nation,” the statement said.
“Tim not only brings a wealth of contacts to the campaign, but also an extraordinary amount of insight into the issues relevant to getting people back to work, strengthening our domestic economy, making America more competitive in the global marketplace and overhauling our complicated and inefficient tax system,” Miller said in the announcement.
“He will be a great asset as our fundraising leader, but will also be invaluable as an advisor to the campaign,” Miller added.
“Finance Committee co-chairs and membership will be announced in the coming weeks, but we couldn’t have a better anchor tenant than Tim Pagliara to set the stage for our fundraising efforts,” Miller concluded.
Pagliara was effusive in his praise of Miller.
“As I have spent time with Lee and had the chance to get to know him, I have been struck by his experience and commitment,” Pagliara said in the statement.
“But I have been even more impressed by his ability to connect with people and his passion to fight on their behalf in Washington. People are sick of politics as usual and politicians; with Lee Thomas Miller we have a guy who has been telling the stories of regular people in song throughout his career, and who can now be in position to battle for those who have not had a voice in Washington for way too long,” Pagliara concluded.
The statement provided more details on Pagliara’s background and career:
Pagliara formed Capital Trust Wealth Management in Franklin, Tennessee in early 2000 after nearly 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Through his 30 plus years of experience, Tim has grown increasingly passionate about promoting awareness of the national debt problem and advocating for a pro-growth U.S. economic agenda. Tim has been actively involved in Erskine Bowles’s and Sen. Alan Simpson’s Fix the Debt campaign, a non-partisan movement to put America on a better fiscal and economic path, since it was founded in 2012, serving as co-chairman of the Tennessee chapter beside former Governor Winfield Dunn. In 2014, Tim co-founded both The Main Street Growth & Opportunity Coalition, a national alliance of businesses, local trade organizations and concerned citizens committed to a common sense, pro-growth agenda for America, and Investors Unite, an organization representing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders that seek full restitution of dividends seized by the Treasury Department.
Tim is founder and president of the St. Joseph’s Teachers College Foundation whose non-profit mission is to support the education and certification of teachers in science and math in Moshi, Tanzania. He is a former Trustee of the Chaminade College Preparatory School (St. Louis) and has served in Nashville area leadership positions for the Heritage Foundation, Carnton Plantation, Battle Ground Academy, the Boy Scouts of America, and Saint Thomas Hospital.
Tim earned his undergraduate degree at St. Louis University and a law degree from St. Louis University School of Law. He is a graduate of the Wharton School Securities Industry Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association.
An avid outdoorsman, skier and hiker, some of his achievements include hiking to the base camp of Mount Everest and climbing Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro nine times. He also spends time at sea level and is a Retired United States Coast Guard Master Captain.
Miller is seeking to replace Representative Marsha Blackburn, who in turn is running to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.
He faces State Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) in what is expected to be a hotly contested August 2018 Republican primary.
The winner of that primary will be heavily favored to win the November 2018 general election in the very conservative 7th Congressional District.