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Congressman Mike Thompson

Wrong Congressman Mike Thompson?


Local Address: California, United States

Employment History

  • Vice President, Compression and Braking
    WABCO Holdings Inc
  • Vice President, Car Systems
    WABCO Holdings Inc
  • Chair
    House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
  • Senior Member
    House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force


  • associate's degree in arts studies
    Napa Valley College
  • degree , public administration
  • master's degree , public administration and labor
  • undergraduate degree , public administration
    California State University-Chico
  • actual diploma
    Butte Community College
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The District received notice ..., 31 Mar 2014 [cached]
The District received notice late today that Representative Mike Thompson will hold a town hall meeting on November 26, and the Board will be provided with a flyer.
Board of Trustees | Lake County Office of Education, 3 Mar 2014 [cached]
CSBA Government Relations Chair for Congressman Mike Thompson (1995-1999)
Biography | Mike Thompson For Congress, 9 Dec 2013 [cached]
Mike Thompson was first elected to Congress in 1998. Recognized as a strong representative for his constituents, Thompson has worked on solutions that create jobs, strengthen the middle class, protect our seniors and veterans, increase access to health care, and preserve our environment for future generations. Prior to serving in Congress, Thompson represented California's 2nd District in the California State Senate where he chaired the powerful Budget Committee.
Thompson is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and sits on the Health and Select Revenue subcommittees. Thompson is also a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he serves as top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence.
Thompson is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus, which consists of more than 200 U.S. Senators and House members. He is also a member and twice co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.
Thompson was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the California State Senate. He served in combat with the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He was an instructor at the Army's Airborne School.
Thompson has been recognized for his leadership on job creation, health care and veterans issues. He has received awards for his legislative efforts from the National Association of Community Health Centers, the California State Council of Vietnam Veterans, the Wine Institute, and received the prestigious Edgar Wayburn Award from the Sierra Club for outstanding service to the environment.
Thompson is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, which is composed of moderate Democrats committed to fiscally responsible solutions to America's problems. He is recognized in Congress and throughout his district as someone who has built a solid reputation for bipartisan problem solving.
Thompson is a small vineyard owner and was the maintenance supervisor for the Beringer Winery. He has taught Public Administration and State Government at San Francisco State University and California State University, Chico.
Authorized & Paid For By Mike Thompson For Congress
Mike Thompson, D- Calif., ..., 12 Jan 2014 [cached]
Mike Thompson, D- Calif., issued the following news release:. Mike Thompson, chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released the following statement today on the Obama Administration\'s announcement of two new executive actions to strengthen the federal background check system.
News Articles | Mike Thompson For Congress, 18 Nov 2013 [cached]
"What we are going to talk about is 100 percent up to them," Thompson said beforehand.
But it was a manufactured crisis; it wasn't a real crisis," Thompson said, referring to tea party Republicans' attempts to force a rollback of the Affordable Care Act through the shutdown.
Even among a polite and generally supportive audience, some St. Helenans voiced their worries about the early months of the Affordable Care Act, especially repeated glitches in the websites meant to connect the uninsured to new health coverage exchanges and fears of younger, healthier Americans starving the overhauled system of funds by opting out of mandatory policies.
Thompson freely called the program's launch "a mess" but stood firm on the importance of providing an alternative to cheap, but low-coverage, plans - as well as protecting those who previously have been uninsurable at nearly any price.
At a Sonoma appearance last week, he said, "a woman came up and told me, 'I just signed up with Covered California, and it's the first time in 35 years I've had any health insurance - because I'm a cancer survivor and I could never get coverage because it was a pre-existing condition.'"
Thompson, the head of House Democrats' task force on gun violence prevention, also discussed the obstacles of passing a bill to expand background checks for firearm purchases. The bill faces a tough path through the House's Republican majority and opposition by the National Rifle Association to expanding such background checks.
"How do you break the stranglehold the (National Rifle Association) has on Congressional districts, so that (politicians) feel safe enough to vote on sensible gun laws? asked Vineyard Valley resident Miriam Hess.
"Criminals and the dangerously mentally ill should not have firearms, and that's the reason for having background checks," Thompson said.
Meeting with other wine industry figures, the three discussed the challenges facing U.S. winemakers even with their exports reaching a record $1.39 billion in 2011, Thompson said after the round-table on the winery grounds.
Mike Thompson (CA-5) and Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced H.R. 3507, the 21st Century Care for Military & Veterans Act.
"Often times telehealth provides the best care available and as a wounded combat Vietnam veteran, I understand that our servicemembers, veterans and their families have earned and deserve the best," said Thompson.
In addition to Peters and Thompson, the bill is co-sponsored by Reps.
Thompson represents California's 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Reps. George Miller, Jerry McNerney, John Garamendi, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui and Ami Bera issued a statement calling for Gov.
Thompson, a hunter and Vietnam veteran, is quick to reject those arguments.
"The Second Amendment does not give criminals, the dangerously mentally ill, domestic abusers the right to own and buy and use a firearm," Thompson said.
"A large number of Republicans have assured Mr. Thompson and others of us that they will be there if the bill comes to the floor," Pelosi said.
It's not a courageous vote to make," Thompson said.
Mike Thompson, Benicia's representative in the House, has introduced legislation that would authorize spending up to $100 million annually for distressed communities that have experienced closure or realignment of military installations.
He said among the California cities that could be helped by the provision's tax credits is Vallejo, where the Mare Island Naval Shipyard was closed in 1996.
Thompson, D-Napa, is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He said his bill, H.R. 3439, the New Markets Tax Credit Military Installation Act of 2013, is bipartisan legislation co-authored by Republican Rep.
The legislation would expand the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, which targets low-income communities experiencing chronic unemployment and high poverty rates, Thompson said. The program provides investors in those areas with a seven-year, 39-percent federal tax credit.
"By expanding these high-value tax credits, the bill incentivizes private sector investments in communities that have been hit hard by the closure or realignment of local military installations," he said.
"These tax credits are job and revenue creators that can help resurrect communities that have been devastated by military base realignments and closures," Thompson said. The tax credits have proven successful in encouraging the intended investments, "but the supply of these tax credits simply doesn't meet the demand or the need," he said.
Thompson in sponsoring this important legislation that will help people in communities affected by base realignment and closures.
"Over the past several decades, hundreds of military installations around the country have been realigned or closed altogether through the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, as well as through other base closure laws, leaving communities scrambling to make up for the lost jobs and revenue," he said, adding that he has been outspoken about his disagreement with the Department of Defense about those closures at a time when American troops are overseas, often in unfriendly nations.
However, solutions to BRAC still must be sought, he said.
"We should do all we can to responsibly help these defense communities rebuild. Their hard work and efforts continue to help keep our troops safe, and we owe these people the same hard work and dedication."
Thompson said that when a military base is closed, the Department of Defense is required to complete any necessary environmental cleanup at the former base, then hand the property to a Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA).
The DOD's Office of Economic Adjustment and the LRA create a redevelopment plan for the property, he said.
"The goal of this process is to lead to a timely, beneficial, revenue-generating reuse of these former military bases," he said.
On Friday Congressman Mike Thompson was honored for his years of work to make sure service members who were subjected to the Department of Defense's chemical weapon testing are able to receive full medical care and disability compensation for their service-connected medical conditions.
In late 2002, the DOD revealed for the first time that between 1962 and 1974 it had tested harmful chemical and biological agents by spraying them on ships and sailors.
These tests - known as Project 112, which included Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) - exposed at least 6,000 service members without their knowledge to harmful chemical and biological weapons, including some of the most deadly chemicals on Earth: Vx Nerve Gas, Sarin Nerve Gas and E. coli.
Thompson was presented his award on Friday in Vallejo at the Cal Maritime Academy by Cal Maritime graduate and former Senior Navy Officer Jack Alderson.
"It is a high honor to receive this recognition from a true American hero," said Thompson. "I will not stop working until every veteran who was unknowingly subjected to these harmful chemical tests gets the full benefits they have earned."
Many veterans who were subjected to chemical tests as part of Project 112/SHAD have developed serious medical issues but do not currently receive priority care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or disability benefits because the VA does not officially recognize any long-term health consequences from exposure to the chemical agents from these specific tests.
In 2002, Thompson led Congress to direct the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a study of the health effects associated with the chemicals used during Project 112/SHAD.
For these reasons, Congress passed a provision in 2010 co-authored by Thompson requiring the VA to contract with IOM for a second study considering the health impact on veterans that were part of Project 112/SHAD.
If the scientific study by the IOM finds a connection between the chemical testing and long-term health consequences, the VA will likely be compelled to provide all service members exposed to this testing priority medical care and full disability compensation.
"Jack, and all the people who served with him, deserve to know the truth," Thompson continued.
Thompson added, "Many brave men who served our country are now sick or have passed away because of Project 112's chemical and biological testing.
Mike Thompson's (CA-5) bipartisan amendment requiring a federal study on impacts of invasive species passed the House Thursday.
The amendment was passed as part of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013.
Specifically, the amendment requires the Govern
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