Mike Thompson Biography
Mike Thompson is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 5th congressional district born on 24th January 1951 in St. Helena, California, United States. He is the Chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He is a member of the Democratic party. The district that he covers are the outer northern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, includes all of Napa County and portions of Contra Costa, Lake, Solano, and Sonoma counties.
Mike Thompson Age
Mike Thompson was born on 24 January 1951 in St. Helena, California, United States. He is 68 years old as of 2019.
Mike Thompson Net worth
Mike Thompson earns his income from his work as a politician and other related organizations. He also earns his income from the government shows. He has a luxurious house and car in St. Helena, California, United States. He has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars.
Mike Thompson Family
Mike Thompson was born in St. Helena, California, United States to Beverly Ann Thompson (mother) and Charles Edward Thompson (father). He grew up in St. Helena with his brother Lee Thompson. His father was of English ancestry and his mother was of Italian and Swiss descent.
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Mike Thompson Education
Mike Thompson attended St Helena High School, Napa Valley College, and California State University, Chico. He was educated at California State University, Chico, where he served in Vietnam with the United States Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, he is also a vineyard owner and maintenance supervisor, who taught Public Administration and State Government at San Francisco State University and California State University, Chico, while at the university he was a member of the California State Senate before entering the House.
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Mike Thompson served as an aide to Jackie Speier who is a Democratic and a state Assemblywoman before winning election to the California State Senate in 1990. He unseated in the 4th district of Republican incumbent Jim Nielsen after Nielsen’s reputation took a hit following a series of ethical missteps; Thompson’s margin of victory was less than 1 percent. During the 1992 general election senator, Barry Keene of the neighboring 2nd District resigned.
He started his career as an army who served in Vietnam with the United States Army into the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was a vineyard owner and supervisor, he also taught at the public State administration and State Government at San Francisco State University and California State University, Chico, he was also a member of the California State Senate before entering the House. He decided to run for the 1993 special election for Keene’s seat.
He defeated the Republican businesswoman Margie Handley but won easy reelection in 1994. He was approached by national Democrats to run for Congress in 1996 against freshman Republican Frank Riggs, but he declined, believing his senate seniority would be more beneficial to his district than would his being a freshman congressman. In 1998, he was termed out of the state senate and opted to run against Riggs after all.
Riggs opted to retire, believing that he faced almost certain defeat given Thompson’s name recognition and reputation. He won the handily. He has been reelected seven times with no substantive opposition and has turned what was a swing district for most of the 1980s and 1990s into a fairly safe Democratic seat. For his first seven terms, Thompson represented a district stretching from the far northern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area all the way to the North Coast. However, his district was renumbered as the 5th district after the 2010 census and was made somewhat more compact, losing most of its northern portion to the 2nd district.
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Mike Thompson has been categorized as a moderate Democratic leader. He has been against abortion practices whereby he has consulted church leaders on the issue of minimizing the case. He is a roman catholic with a pro-choice of 47 Catholic Democratic Congressmembers, sent a letter to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C. to dissuade him from refusing to administer Holy Communion to Catholic Congressmembers who practice pro-choice legislative voting.
On February 2006, he was one of the 55 Democratic Representatives in identifying Catholic signed “Statement of Principles,” which affirmed a commitment to their faith, but stating opposition to Catholic doctrine on some issues. They stated that on those issues, such as abortion rights, they would ‘follow their conscience’ instead of the church’s teachings. He has been supporting a public option for healthcare from 2009. He wrote the streamline health care on reducing fraud and abuse and ending unnecessary testing, by discouraging over-utilization, investing in smart reforms, and emphasizing preventive health care, we can significantly bring down the cost of health care.”
Additionally, in 2010, he voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He joined Democratic Representative Jim McDermott of Washington and David Bonior of Michigan on a fact-finding trip to Iraq. During the trip, the lawmakers spoke to officials in Baghdad and residents in Basra. Presciently, they expressed skepticism about the Bush administration’s claims that Saddam was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he endorsed former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.
Mike Thompson Environmental issues
Mike Thompson, voted on key energy and environmental issues. He endorsed for the re-election in 2008 by Humane USA PAC, a political action committee founded by leaders of animal rights groups such as The Humane Society of the United States, The Fund for Animals, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Doris Day Animal League, the Animal Welfare Institute, Farm Sanctuary and The Ark Trust.
He voiced out his opposition leader to piece out the water legislation and that the House would be voting on, which he argued would “kill local jobs, and ignored 20 years of establishment science and overturn a century of California water law. He voted for President Bush’s Healthy Forests Initiative to foreseen the environmentalists and preference to the timber industry. He has disappointed some environmentalists with votes against limits to new commercial logging roads in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and against limits to hunting bears over bait.
He was also one of only 30 Democrats to vote against an amendment to maintain roadless areas protected under the Roadless Rule. He received an A+ rating for his 100% voting record from the American Wilderness Coalition in 2004. He was the House sponsor of the Northern California and Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Thompson was recognized as Federal Legislator of the Year by the hunting lobbyist group Safari Club International; he received the Hunting Heritage Award from the same group.
Mike Thompson Committee assignments
- Committee on Ways and Means
- Subcommittee on Health
- Subcommittee on Tax Policy
Mike Thompson Caucuses
- Mike Thompson Caucuses
- Blue Dog Coalition
- Co-chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Congressional Next Gen 9-1-1 Caucus
- Climate Solutions Caucus
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
Mike Thompson Elections Results
California State Senate 4th District Democratic Primary Election, 1990
California State Senate 4th District Election, 1990
Peace and Freedom
California State Senate 2nd District Election, 1994
Peace and Freedom
California’s 1st Congressional District House Democratic Primary Election, 1998
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