Freedom & Prosperity Agenda  

“Adherence to men is often disloyalty to principles.”
 – John Taylor of Caroline


Tertium Quids is an independent, nonpartisan, issue advocacy organization committed to reducing the role, scope, and cost of government; protecting private property rights; and promoting choice and competition in education.  In addressing these critical issues, the mission of Tertium Quids is to advance legislative solutions that are consistent with the principles of individual liberty, dynamic entrepreneurial capitalism, private property, the rule of law, and constitutionally limited government.

The Latin term “Tertium Quids” means “third way” or “third entity” and has historical significance in Virginia.  The three principals of the original Tertium Quids (formed in 1806) – John Randolph of Roanoke, Nathaniel Macon, and John Taylor of Caroline – chose the name to indicate that they were neither Democrat-Republicans nor Federalists, the two dominant political parties of the time. They were focused instead on reanimating the principles upon which our republic was founded.

In Virginia today, we believe it is once again time to place the emphasis on reestablishing first principles rather than on election results, which themselves are seldom a means to any particular end.


Speaking to the Tuesday Morning Group coalition, former Governor James S. Gilmore, III outlines a conservative vision for Virginia.

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