Bill Spillane BIO:
Bill Spillane has a diverse background that includes military service, politics, and business. He worked as an international airline pilot for Pan American World Airways and United Airlines for a total of 34 years. He has also worked as an insurance broker and commercial real-estate broker. He puts his wide variety of talents and experience to work now for the cause of passing the FairTax.
After earning his B.S. in Economics from Purdue University he went on to attend Gonzaga University School of Law while on active duty in the Air Force. He served on active duty for eight years. During that time, he fought as a fighter pilot in Viet Nam and twice earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and 11 Air Medals.
After his release from the service, he joined the California Air National Guard and later transferred to the Hawaii Air National Guard. He served as the Fighter Squadron Commander and later as Director of Hawaii State Air Operations. In all, he has 32 years of service as a combat-ready fighter pilot. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and retired from the USAF/Air National Guard as a full Colonel. Among his other accomplishments, Mr. Spillane was installed as a member of the Hall of Fame at Purdue University ROTC.
Mr. Spillane also has experience with the political process. He ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Hawaii as a Republican in 1978. He won in the primary but lost the general election to the incumbent. In 1992, he ran for the U.S. House in California as a Republican but lost in the primary.
He was also a member of the National Advisory Council to the Small Business Administration during the first Reagan administration. During his tenure, he fought to eliminate the corporate income tax, which is not borne by businesses, but generally by the customers.
Retired from airline flying; Bill joined FairTax.org in order to enact the FairTax (see http://www.fairtax.org/). He started as the CA-36th Congressional District Director and now serves as the Volunteer State Director.
Bill has four grown children and one grandchild, all of whom reside in California.