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Encyclopedia > Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson

In office
February 2, 2001 – January 26, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Donna Shalala
Succeeded by Michael Leavitt

In office
January 5, 1987 – February 1, 2001
Lieutenant(s) Scott McCallum
Preceded by Tony Earl
Succeeded by Scott McCallum

Born November 19, 1941 (1941-11-19) (age 65)
Elroy, Wisconsin

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Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Wisconsin-Madison
Religion Roman Catholic

Tommy George Thompson (born November 19, 1941), a United States politician, was the 7th U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin. On April 1, 2007, he announced on This Week that he was a candidate for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election. On August 12, after a disappointing sixth-place finish in the key Iowa Straw Poll, Thompson announced the end of his campaign for president.[1] The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... University of Wisconsin redirects here. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... The United States Secretary of Health and Human Services is the head of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, concerned with The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... This is a list of governors from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This Week is one of the American Sunday-morning interview shows. ... The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled to be held on November 4, 2008, will be the 55th consecutive quadrennial election for president and vice president of the United States. ... The Ames Straw Poll is a straw poll that takes place in Ames, Iowa on a Saturday in August of years in which the Republican presidential nomination is undecided (that is, in years without an incumbent Republican President). ...

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Early life

Thompson was born in Elroy, Wisconsin, where his father, Allen Thompson, ran a gas station and country grocery store. His mother, Julia, was a schoolteacher.[2] Elroy is a city located in Juneau County, Wisconsin. ...


Thompson began his career in politics in 1966 as a representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly, after earning his law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He was elected assistant Assembly minority leader in 1973 and Assembly minority leader in 1981.[3] ) He is married with three adult children. Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... The Wisconsin State Assembly is the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature. ... The University of Wisconsin Law School is the professional school for the study of law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


Political career

Governor of Wisconsin

From 1987 to 2001, Thompson served as the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin, having been elected to an unprecedented four terms. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Governors of Wisconsin: Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of Wisconsin ...


Thompson's initiatives during his 13 years as governor of Wisconsin were his Wisconsin Works welfare reform and school choice programs. In 1990, Thompson pushed for the creation of the country's first parental school-choice program, allowing low-income Milwaukee families to send children to the private or public school of their choice at taxpayer expense. He also created the BadgerCare program, designed to provide health coverage to those families whose employers don't provide health insurance but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. Through the federal waiver program, Thompson helped replicate this program in several states when he became Secretary of Health and Human Services. Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42° 30′ N to 47° 05′ N  - Longitude 86° 46′ W to 92° 53′ W Population  Ranked... Wisconsins welfare program, Wisconsin Works, or W-2 is a work first program, focusing on placing individuals in unsubsidized employment or community service jobs, rather than education and training, to promote self-sufficiency and reduction of the welfare rolls. ... Welfare reform is the name for a policy change in countries with a state-administered social welfare system to reduce dependence on welfare, as demanded by political conservatives. ... School choice, sometimes called public choice, describes any one of several forms of publicly-funded alternative education program that allows students to choose to attend any of various participating private and public schools, usually based on a system of vouchers, tax credits, or scholarships. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ... Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is the largest school district in the state of Wisconsin. ... BadgerCare is a health-care cost-reimbursement program created by former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. ... Medicaid is the US health insurance program for individuals and families with low incomes and resources. ...


From 1998 to 1999, he served as president of the Council of State Governments and, with the organization's chairman, Senator Kenneth McClintock, the nonvoting member from Puerto Rico, led a top-level delegation to the People's Republic of China. Thompson left office when he was appointed by President George W. Bush as HHS Secretary. He was also a member of the Amtrak Board of Directors and has an Acela locomotive named for him.[4] Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Kenneth McClintock, President of the Senate of Puerto Rico. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... In relation to a company, a director is an officer (that is, someone who works for the company) charged with the conduct and management of its affairs. ... Acela is a brand applied by Amtrak to its high-speed trains along the Northeast Corridor in the Northeast U.S., called Acela Express. ... Great Western Railway No. ...


His brother, Ed Thompson, was the mayor of Tomah, Wisconsin, and was the Libertarian Party candidate in the 2002 Wisconsin gubernatorial election. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Tomah is a city in Monroe County, Wisconsin, United States. ... The Libertarian Party is an American political party founded on Dec. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Health and Human Services Secretary

Thompson at the 2004 HealthierUS summitt
Thompson at the 2004 HealthierUS summitt

Thompson announced his resignation from HHS on December 3, 2004, and served until January 26, 2005, when the Senate confirmed his successor, Michael O. Leavitt. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (875x563, 409 KB) http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (875x563, 409 KB) http://www. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Michael Okerlund Leavitt (born February 11, 1951 in Cedar City, Utah) is an American politician, and is currently the Secretary of Health and Human Services. ...


2008 Presidential campaign

After first announcing the formation of an exploratory committee in late 2006, Thompson announced his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election on April 1, 2007.[5] In the election politics of the United States, an exploratory committee is an organization established to help determine whether a potential candidate should run for an elected office. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled to be held on November 4, 2008, will be the 55th consecutive quadrennial election for president and vice president of the United States. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


During a May 3, 2007, presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Thompson said in response to a question from moderator Chris Matthews that a private employer opposed to homosexuality should have the right to fire a gay worker. [1] He said, "I think that is left up to the individual business. I really sincerely believe that that is an issue that business people have got to make their own determination as to whether or not they should be." He called CNN the following morning to say he didn't hear the question correctly. He apologized, saying, "It's not my position. There should be no discrimination in the workplace." Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is the presidential library of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. ... This article is about the journalist. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... This box:      Most broadly, discrimination is the discernment of qualities and rejection of subjects with undesirable qualities. ...


Thompson had stated he would drop out of the race if he did not finish either first or second in the Ames straw poll on August 11, 2007. Thompson finished sixth, with just 7% of the vote, despite the fact that some major contenders were not competing in the poll. On August 12, Thompson officially announced he would drop out of the race. The Ames Straw Poll is a straw poll that takes place in Ames, Iowa on a Saturday in August of years in which the Republican presidential nomination is undecided (that is, in years without an incumbent Republican President). ...


In October of 2007, Thompson endorsed Rudy Giuliani. Thompson told the Associated Press in a statement that "Rudy Giuliani has shown that he is a true leader. He can and will win the nomination and the presidency. He is America's mayor, and during a period of time of great stress for this country he showed tremendous leadership." Rudolph William Louis Giuliani III, (born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, prosecutor, businessman, and Republican politician from the state of New York. ...


Private-sector career

Thompson is the President of Logistics Health Incorporated. He also is senior partner at Akin Gump, a Washington, D.C., law firm, and is a senior adviser at the consulting firm Deloitte and the chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. Thompson taught a class in the fall of 2005 at the Kennedy School of Government on medical diplomacy.[6] Logistics Health, Incorported (LHI) is an American corporation based out of its corporate headquarters in La Crosse, Wisconsin. ... Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is one of the worlds largest law firms. ... John F. Kennedy School of Government The John F. Kennedy School of Government is a public policy school and one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. ...


Shortly after leaving his Bush Cabinet post, Thompson joined and served for two years on the board of directors of Applied Digital Solutions, makers of the controversial VeriChip: a glass-encapsulated RFID chip that can be injected into human flesh for various database-driven identification purposes. Applied Digital Solutions NASDAQ: ADSX develops security products for consumer, commercial, and government sectors worldwide. ... VeriChip is a human-implantable RFID (radio frequency identification) device from VeriChip Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions of Delray Beach, Florida. ... An EPC RFID tag used for Wal-Mart Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. ...


Criticism

Politicizing of science

In 2001, Nobel laureate physiologist Torsten Wiesel was nominated by Gerald Keusch for a position on an advisory panel in the National Institutes of Health to advise on assisting research in developing countries. Thompson, who at the time was Secretary of Health and Human Services, rejected Wiesel. Thompson's office rejected 19 of 26 nominations and in return sent resumés for other scientists that Keusch described in an interview as "lightweights" with "no scientific credibility". When Weisel's name was rejected, an official in Thompson's office told Keusch that Wiesel had "signed too many full-page letters in The New York Times critical of President Bush." This incident was cited by the Union of Concerned Scientists as part of a report detailing their allegations of President George W. Bush's abuse of science.[7][8] Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Torsten Nils Wiesel (b. ... National Institutes of Health Building 50 at NIH Clinical Center - Building 10 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical research. ... The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an advocacy organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. ...


Medicare controversies

After leaving office, Thompson promoted changes to Medicare that some complained would benefit companies Thompson has a financial stake in (including Centene and the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions).[9] President Johnson signing the Medicare amendment. ...


Additionally, while in office, Thompson was involved in a dispute over whether the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services had to share cost estimates to Congress for legislation that would create a prescription drug benefit. Critics accused HHS of downplaying the true cost of the law by $150 billion. CMS Administrator Tom Scully threatened to fire the actuary if he revealed to Congress his estimate. Investigators determined that the data was improperly hidden from Congress, but did not conclude whether laws had been broken.[10]


Statements about Jews, Israel

In April 2007, Thompson apologized for publicized remarks he made while speaking to an assembled crowd of Jewish social activists in Washington, D.C.[11] On April 18, 2007, appearing before a conference organized by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Thompson made reference to his lucrative transition from public service to the private sector by stating: "You know that's sort of part of the Jewish tradition and I do not find anything wrong with that."[12] After the conclusion of his address, Thompson was reportedly pulled aside privately by the RAC’s Rabbi David Saperstein, and then returned to the podium to issue a clarification,[13] adding: "I just want to clarify something because I didn't (by) any means want to infer or imply anything about Jews and finances and things. What I was referring to, ladies and gentlemen, is the accomplishments of the Jewish religion. You've been outstanding business people and I compliment you for that."[12] April 2007 is the fourth month of the year. ... Social activists are people who act as the conscience and voice of many individuals within a society. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Religious Action Center (RAC) is the political and legislative outreach arm of Reform Judaism in the United States. ... Reform Judaism can refer to (1) the largest denomination of American Jews and its sibling movements in other countries, (2) a branch of Judaism in the United Kingdom, and (3) the historical predecessor of the American movement that originated in 19th-century Germany. ...


Later, Thompson told The Politico that his remarks could be blamed on fatigue and a persistent cold.


Thompson made a variety of other lesser comments, including referring to the Anti Defamation League as the fringe Jewish Defense League, Israel bonds as "Jewish bonds," and repeatedly to his "Jewish friends."[14][15][16] He also discussed his connections to conservative Israeli and Jewish leaders to the mostly left-leaning activist group.[14] Thompson also reportedly referred to Winston Churchill as being the first leader of Israel and the region.[13] The Anti-Defamation League (or ADL) is an advocacy group founded by Bnai Brith in the United States whose stated aim is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. ... JDL logo. ... Israel bonds are interest-bearing securities issued by the State of Israel. ... “Churchill” redirects here. ...


Electoral history

1998 Race for Governor

  • Tommy Thompson (R) (inc.), 60%
  • Ed Garvey (D), 39%

1994 Race for Governor

  • Tommy Thompson (R) (inc.), 67%
  • Chuck Chvala (D), 31%

1990 Race for Governor

  • Tommy Thompson (R) (inc.), 58%
  • Tom Loftus (D), 42%

1986 Race for Governor

  • Tommy Thompson (R), 53%
  • Tony Earl (D) (inc.), 46%
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Footnotes

  1. ^ "Tommy Thompson drops presidential bid". Associated Press (2007-08-12). Retrieved on 2007-08-13.
  2. ^ http://www.wargs.com/political/thompsont.html
  3. ^ The White House
  4. ^ "Amtrak A. Vital Link in America's Transportation Future". United States Department of Health and Human Services (2001-11-01). Retrieved on 2007-10-19.
  5. ^ "GOP's Tommy Thompson Enters '08 Race". American Broadcasting Company (2007-04-01). Retrieved on 2007-04-01.
  6. ^ Thompson, Tommy G. "The cure for tyranny" Boston Globe, October 24, 2005
  7. ^ Emma Marris (14 July 2004). "Bush accused of trying to foist favourites on health agency". Nature 430 (281). 
  8. ^ Seth Shulman (2007). Undermining Science: Suppression and Distortion in the Bush Administration. University of California Press. 
  9. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/07/AR2006080701088.html Washington Post: Thompson's Medicaid Reforms Benefit His Employers
  10. ^ New York Times: Top Medicare Official Threatened Actuary
  11. ^ Jonathan Martin, T. Thompson Apologizes For Jewish Remark, Politico, April 17, 2007
  12. ^ a b Frederic J. Frommer, Thompson Apologizes for Comments, Washington Post (Associated Press), April 16, 2007
  13. ^ a b Tommy Thompson: “Earning Money” Is “Part of the Jewish Tradition”, Forward.com, April 16, 2007
  14. ^ a b Shmuel Rosner, Friendly advice to American candidates trying to woo the Jewish vote, Haaretz, April 17, 2007
  15. ^ Candidate: Making money part of Jewish tradition, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, April 16, 2007
  16. ^ Craig Gilbert, Thompson apologizes to Jews for comments, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, April 16, 2007

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Preceded by
Tony Earl
Governor of Wisconsin
1987-2001
Succeeded by
Scott McCallum
Preceded by
Donna Shalala
United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
Served Under: George W. Bush

2001-2005
Succeeded by
Michael O. Leavitt

 
 

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