Mike Thompson (California politician)

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Mike Thompson
Mike Thompson, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California
Assumed office
January 3, 1999
Preceded byFrank Riggs
Constituency1st district (1999–2013)
5th district (2013–2023)
4th district (2023–present)
Member of the California State Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
May 20, 1993 – November 30, 1998
Preceded byBarry Keene
Succeeded byWesley Chesbro
Member of the California State Senate
from the 4th district
In office
December 3, 1990 – May 20, 1993
Preceded byJim Nielsen
Succeeded byMaurice Johannessen
Personal details
Born
Charles Michael Thompson

(1951-01-24) January 24, 1951 (age 72)
St. Helena, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseJan Thompson
Children2
Residence(s)St. Helena, California, U.S.
Washington D.C., U.S.
EducationNapa Valley College
California State University, Chico (BA, MPA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1967–1973[1]
RankArmy-USA-OR-06.svg Staff Sergeant
Unit173rd Airborne Brigade
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsPurple Heart
Combat Infantryman Badge

Charles Michael Thompson (born January 24, 1951)[2] is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for California's 4th congressional district (known as the 1st congressional district until 2013, and the California's 5th congressional district until 2023) since 1999. The district, in the outer northern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, includes all of Napa County and parts of Contra Costa, Lake, Solano, and Sonoma Counties. Thompson chairs the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.[3] He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Thompson was born in St. Helena, California, the son of Beverly Ann (née Forni) and Charles Edward Thompson. His father was of English ancestry and his mother was of Italian and Swiss descent.[4] He was educated at California State University, Chico, served in Vietnam with the United States Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade,[5] was a vineyard owner and maintenance supervisor, taught Public Administration and State Government at San Francisco State University and California State University, Chico, and was a member of the California State Senate before entering the House.[2]

Early political career[edit]

Thompson served as an aide to Jackie Speier (then a state Assemblywoman) before winning election to the California State Senate in 1990. He unseated 4th district incumbent Jim Nielsen after a controversy over Nielsen's primary residence;[6][7] Thompson's margin of victory was less than 1%.[8]

After the 1992 general election, State Senator Barry Keene of the neighboring 2nd district resigned. Thompson, whose hometown of St. Helena had shifted from the 4th district into the 2nd after reapportionment, ran in the 1993 special election for Keene's seat. He narrowly beat Republican businesswoman Margie Handley and was reelected in 1994.[9]

National Democrats approached Thompson about running for Congress in 1996 against freshman Republican Frank Riggs.[citation needed] Thompson's state senate district was virtually coextensive with the congressional district. Thompson declined, believing his senate seniority would be more beneficial to his district than would his being a freshman U.S. congressman.[citation needed] But in 1998, Thompson was due to be termed out of the state senate, and opted to run for Congress. Riggs retired and made an unsuccessful bid for United States Senate.[10] Thompson was elected by almost a 30% margin[11] and has been reelected 10 times without substantive opposition,[11] turning what was a swing district for most of the 1980s and '90s into a fairly safe Democratic seat.[citation needed]

For his first seven terms, Thompson represented a district stretching from the far northern part of the San Francisco Bay Area all the way to the North Coast. But after the 2010 census, his district was renumbered as the 5th district and made somewhat more compact, losing most of its northern part to the 2nd district.[citation needed]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Tenure[edit]

Thompson is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.[12] As of October 2021, he had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time.[13]

Political positions[edit]

Abortion[edit]

Thompson is a Roman Catholic,[2] but is pro-choice. In May 2004, he and 47 other Catholic Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C. to dissuade him from refusing to administer Holy Communion to Catholic members who practice pro-choice legislative voting.[14] In February 2006, he was one of 55 Democratic U.S. Representatives identifying as Catholic who signed a "Statement of Principles" that affirmed a commitment to their faith but acknowledged opposition to Catholic doctrine on some issues. They wrote that on those issues, such as abortion rights, they would follow their conscience instead of the church's teachings.[15] In response, the U.S. Catholic Bishops issued a "Statement on Responsibilities of Catholics in Public Life" that said, in part, "Catholic teaching calls all Catholics to work actively to restrain, restrict and bring to an end the destruction of unborn human life."[16]

Thompson opposed the overturning of Roe v. Wade, calling it "an assault on women."[17]

Environmental issues[edit]

Thompson voted for Bush's Healthy Forests Initiative,[18] which some environmentalists saw as a favor to the timber industry.[19] He has disappointed some environmentalists with votes against limits to new commercial logging roads in Alaska's Tongass National Forest[20] and against limits to hunting bears over bait.[21][22] He was also one of only 30 Democrats to vote against an amendment to maintain roadless areas protected under the Roadless Rule.[23] Thompson received a B rating from the American Wilderness Coalition in 2003 and an A+ in 2004.[24]

The Sierra Club endorsed Thompson for reelection in 2010.[25]

Thompson has voted several times to weaken the Clean Water Act.[26][27]

In March 2012, Thompson and Assemblyman Jared Huffman voiced their opposition to a piece of water legislation that the House would be voting on, which Thompson argued would "kill local jobs, ignore 20 years of established science and overturn a century of California water law."[28]

Foreign policy[edit]

In late 2002, Thompson joined Representatives Jim McDermott and David Bonior on a fact-finding trip to Iraq. During the trip, they spoke to officials in Baghdad and residents of Basra. They expressed skepticism about the Bush administration's claims that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction.[29]

On March 26, 2008, Muthanna Al-Hanooti, an official of a Michigan charity, was accused of underwriting three members of Congress to travel to Iraq on behalf of Iraqi intelligence officials. McDermott's office was already organizing the trip when the charity offered to pay the trip expenses. McDermott's spokesman claimed the charity was fully vetted by the U.S. government. He also stated that the representatives obtained a license from the State Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control for the group to travel to Iraq.[30]

Thompson has supported military intervention in certain foreign countries.[31]

Health care[edit]

Thompson has supported a public option for health insurance. In 2009, he wrote, "[b]y streamlining health care, reducing fraud and abuse, ending unnecessary testing, discouraging over-utilization, investing in smart reforms, and emphasizing preventive health care, we can significantly bring down the cost of health care."[32] In 2010, Thompson voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[33]

Committee assignments[edit]

photo of Congressman Mike Thompson in 2010
Mike Thompson in 2010

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

California State Senate 4th District Democratic Primary Election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson 52,161 56.16
Democratic Charlie Cochran 40,726 43.84
California State Senate 4th District Election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson 125,573 47.67
Republican Jim Nielsen* 123,066 46.72
Libertarian Juanita Hendricks 9,398 3.57
Peace and Freedom Irv Sotley 5,381 2.04
California State Senate 2nd District Election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 162,610 60.41
Republican Frank McMichael 95,275 35.40
Peace and Freedom Pamela Elizondo 11,289 4.19
California's 1st Congressional District House Democratic Primary Election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson 77,544 78.02
Democratic Jim Hennefer 21,841 21.98
California's 1st Congressional District House Election, 1998[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson 121,713 61.84
Republican Mark C. Luce 64,692 32.87
Libertarian Emil P. Rossi 5,404 2.75
Peace and Freedom Ernest K. Jones, Jr. 4,996 2.54
California's 1st Congressional District House Election, 2000[40]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 155,638 65.03
Republican Russel J. "Jim" Chase 66,987 27.99
Natural Law Cheryl Kreier 7,173 3.00
Libertarian Emil P. Rossi 6,376 2.66
Reform Pamela Elizondo 3,161 1.32
California's 1st Congressional District House Election, 2002[41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 118,669 64.07
Republican Lawrence R. Wiesner 60,013 32.40
Libertarian Kevin Bastian 6,534 3.53
California's 1st Congressional District House Election, 2004[42]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 189,366 66.92
Republican Lawrence R. Wiesner 79,970 28.26
Green Pamela Elizondo 13,635 4.82
California's 1st Congressional District House Election, 2006[43]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 144,409 66.23
Republican John W. Jones 63,194 28.98
Green Pamela Elizondo 6,899 3.16
Peace and Freedom Timothy J.Stock 3,503 1.61
Independent Carol Wolman 39 (write-in) 0.02
California's 1st Congressional District House Democratic Primary Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 69,622 87.8
Democratic Mitchell Clogg 9,752 12.2
California's 1st Congressional District House Election, 2008[44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 197,812 68.10
Republican Zane Starkewolf 67,853 23.36
Green Carol Wolman 24,793 8.54
Green Pamela Elizondo 14 (write-in) 0.01
California's 1st Congressional District House Election, 2010[44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 147,307 62.79
Republican Loren Hanks 72,803 31.03
Green Carol Wolman 8,486 3.62
Libertarian Mike Rodrigues 5,996 2.56
California's 5th Congressional District House Primary Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 95,748 72.2
Republican Randy Loftin 22,137 16.7
Republican Stewart John Cilley 14,734 11.1
California's 5th Congressional District House Election, 2012[44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 202,872 74.5
Republican Randy Loftin 69,545 25.5
California's 5th Congressional District House Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 88,709 80.4
Independent James Hinton 12,292 11.1
Independent Douglas Van Raam 9,279 8.4
California's 5th Congressional District House Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 129,613 75.7
Independent James Hinton 41,535 24.3
California's 5th Congressional District House Primary Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson* 124,634 65.7
Republican Carlos Santamaria 36,430 19.2
Democratic Nils Palsson 23,639 12.5
Democratic Alex Poling 4,998 2.6
California's 4th congressional district, 20222[45]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Thompson (incumbent) 115,041 66.2
Republican Matt Brock 28,260 16.3
Republican Scott Giblin 16,914 9.7
Democratic Andrew Engdahl 8,634 5.0
No party preference Jason Kishineff 2,477 1.4
Republican Jimih L. Jones 2,363 1.4
No party preference Seth T. Newman (write-in) 15 0.0
Total votes 173,704 100.0
General election
Democratic Mike Thompson (incumbent) 167,886 68.5
Republican Matt Brock 77,280 31.5
Total votes 100.0

Personal life[edit]

Thompson is married to Janet Thompson. They met at a party in Yountville, California. They reside in St. Helena and also maintain a home in Washington, D.C.[46]

The Thompsons are avid home cooks and cook for fundraisers to benefit local nonprofits, such as for renovations to the Point Reyes Lighthouse, and Thompson's campaigns. Local Napa Valley wineries often sponsor Thompson's campaigns with lunches, dinners, wine tastings and tours. Thompson is also a longtime volunteer for the Napa Valley wine auction fundraiser.[46]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Sweeping new gun laws proposed by influential liberal think tank". The Washington Post. January 12, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
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  5. ^ "Thompson Honored for His Dedication to Veterans". Office of Congressman Mike Thompson. April 3, 2008. Archived from the original on July 30, 2008. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
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  17. ^ Thompson, Mike (June 24, 2022). "Today's SCOTUS decision is an assault on women, plain and simple. This will allow states to criminalize abortion & take freedom away from women to make their own health care decisions. I'm committed to protecting this right for all & will keep fighting to make it a reality". Twitter. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
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  21. ^ "Bear Baiting Amendment Defeated On House Floor". Steelheader.net. July 18, 2003. Retrieved December 19, 2008. The vote (Roll Call 382) was on an amendment to a Department of the Interior funding bill (H.AMDT.263 to H.R.2691) to prohibit any funding to administer any action related to the baiting of bears except to prevent or prohibit such activity. To display the THOMAS (Library of Congress) links, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/bss/108search.html Archived January 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine and search for the word "baiting". In the next screen, search for "2691". (2003-07-17). Retrieved on 2008-12-22. "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 382". U.S. House of Representatives. July 17, 2003. Retrieved December 19, 2008.
  22. ^ "Anti-Bear Hunting Bill Withdrawn from Resources Committee". Weekly News: Fishery News of the Great Lakes Basin. Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council. July 21, 2003. Retrieved December 17, 2008. Congress specifically and repeatedly has affirmed the states' rights to manage non-migratory wildlife, including on most federal lands except for National Parks. H.R. 1472 would have preempted these rights and removed science and professional wildlife management as a cornerstone of America's successful wildlife management program.
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Preceded by Member of the California Senate
from the 2nd district

1990–1998
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from California's 1st congressional district

1999–2013
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from California's 5th congressional district

2013–2023
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from California's 4th congressional district

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