Tommy Thompson

Tommy George Thompson (born November 19, 1941) is a United States Republican politician who was a state legislator in Wisconsin, and 42nd Governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001 (the longest serving). During his term as Governor he was the Chairman of AMTRAK, the nation's passenger rail service. He served as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2001-05, appointed by George W. Bush. After his time in the Bush Administration, Thompson was a partner with the law-firm Akin Gump and Chairman of Deloitte's global healthcare practice and has served on the board of 22 other organizations. 

Thompson was briefly a candidate for the U.S. Presidential election in 2008, withdrawing from the race before the primaries. 

In 2012, he was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate seat in Wisconsin, hoping to replace retiring Democrat Herb Kohl, but was defeated by Tammy Baldwin, making it his first statewide loss.

(Wikipedia, June 2015)


Jennifer Leaver

When Tommy Thompson was governor, he sang the praises of the UW, welcomed its experts to the Capitol and spearheaded a massive university expansion. Those days are long gone. more

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Pierre-Paul Pariseau

When the idea for a moratorium on mining projects in Wisconsin was floated in the early 1990s, few people gave it much chance of succeeding. The speaker of the state Assembly, Scott Jensen, vowed the bill would never pass. Gov. Tommy Thompson pledged more

Dec 13, 2012 3:00 PM News

Candidates and interest groups poured more than $78 million into Wisconsin's recent U.S. Senate race that led to Democrat Rep. Tammy Baldwin's Nov. 6 win over former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson, making it the most expensive Senate election in stat more

Dec 11, 2012 11:43 PM News


Ted Rall

At a small gathering of supporters in late September, longtime friends of U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin were charged up about the latest polls on the Wisconsin Senate race, showing the congresswoman beating former Gov. Tommy Thompson by a significant margi more

Oct 25, 2012 2:00 PM News

Tommy Thompson has been called many things, not all of them flattering. But there's nothing he hates worse than being called a "lobbyist." The former Wisconsin governor and current U.S. Senate candidate takes umbrage at the term, which he gets tagged more

Sep 5, 2012 5:09 PM News


Joe Tarr

"Scott captured the mood. And most importantly, he captured what everybody's thinking - that Mitt Romney did a very daring thing by picking Paul Ryan," Tommy Thompson said from the floor. more

Aug 29, 2012 2:15 PM News


Steve Weigl

Tommy Thompson was holding forth for an audience of journalists in Milwaukee last month when asked about the high-speed rail line from Milwaukee to Madison that Gov. Scott Walker effectively killed even before taking office. Would Thompson have also more

Feb 16, 2012 3:00 PM News