Van Hilleary received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
Hilleary served two volunteer tours of duty in the
Hilleary has taken several pro-taxpayer stands on tax issues that have led to awards and high praise from respected organizations such as the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and led the battle in the House to block a proposed $2.7 billion tax increase on airline tickets and other aviation products. He was the only member of the Tennessee House delegation to receive a perfect 100% rating from ATR for his votes during the second session of the 104th Congress. National Review magazine has named Hilleary one of the top 10 conservative newcomers to Congress.
Hilleary was the primary sponsor of a term limits proposal considered by the House of Representatives. This was the first time since 1897 that a first-term Congressman brought a proposed Constitutional amendment to the floor of the House.