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Congressman Mike Thompson

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Congressman

Local Address: United States
 
Background

Employment History

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

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Benicia's Representative
    House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

Education

  • high school diploma
  • equivalency diploma
  • California State University degree
  • master's degree
  • associate's degree in arts studies
    Napa Valley College
  • degree , public administration
  • undergraduate degree , public administration
    California State University-Chico
  • actual diploma
    Butte Community College
196 Total References
Web References
The deadline for people to apply ...
www.pressdemocrat.com, 13 Nov 2014 [cached]
The deadline for people to apply for federal disaster aid related to the August earthquake near Napa is Dec. 29, Congressman Mike Thompson announced Thursday.
Board of Trustees | Lake County Office of Education
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CSBA Government Relations Chair for Congressman Mike Thompson (1995-1999)
Biography | Mike Thompson For Congress
www.mikethompsonforcongress.com, 9 Aug 2014 [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.
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News Articles | Mike Thompson For Congress
www.mikethompsonforcongress.com, 2 June 2014 [cached]
Mike Thompson (CA-5) on Monday announced seven appointments from California's Fifth Congressional District to the service academies. Congress has partnered with four of our five service academies (Air Force, Army, Navy and Merchant Marine)
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have as an elected representative," said Thompson.
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Thompson represents California's
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Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena.
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Mike Thompson to the nation's service academies, Thompson's office announced. Both were appointed to the Naval Academy. Congress has partnered with the Air Force, Army, Navy and Merchant Marine academies for more than 150 years to nominate candidates for admission. The fifth service institution, the Coast Guard Academy, does not require a nomination. Thompson announced his appointments from California's Fifth Congressional District on Monday.
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"Appointing talented and bright young men and women to the service academies is one of the highest honors I have as an elected representative," Thompson said in the announcement.
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Mike Thompson (D-CA) and James Lankford (R-Ok) led a group of 111 bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives in sending House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) a letter asking the Chairman to reconsider proposed changes to the "last in, first out," (LIFO) business accounting measures in the House's final proposal to overhaul our nation's federal tax code.
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"Repealing LIFO will have a devastating impact on businesses across our districts and country," said Thompson.
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Thompson explained how the legislation will help Sonoma save money and restore habitats.
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Mike Thompson (CA-5), chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, has introduced the Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act of 2014, major mental health and domestic violence legislation aimed at reducing and preventing gun violence. The legislation provides resources for mental health crisis intervention services; closes the gaps in current federal gun policy by clarifying and expanding existing federal prohibitors; provides states with the tools needed to strengthen and enforce gun violence prevention laws; and improves records reporting into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). "While those suffering from mental illness are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent crimes, we must also recognize that improving our mental health system is an essential component of reducing and preventing gun violence," said Thompson. "This bill strengthens and improves intervention efforts, gives law enforcement additional tools to enforce laws and keep guns away from those who shouldn't have them, and it improves the submission of mental health records into the criminal background check system," Thompson continued.
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Thompson represents California's Fifth Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.
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Mike Thompson tries again on gun violence
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Thompson, an avid duck hunter, was tapped by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco to lead a gun violence task force after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012.
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Thompson rolled out the Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act of 2014 at a press conference on Capitol Hill on Friday. He said the bill would improve crisis intervention efforts, give law enforcement more tools "to enforce laws and keep guns away from those who shouldn't have them," and improve "the submission of mental health records into the criminal background check system." Thompson said no law can end gun violence, but "by taking these steps - and requiring background checks on all commercial gun sales - we can make our communities safer and prevent more shootings while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners." The bill would prohibit the purchase or possession of a firearm by anyone subject to involuntary outpatient commitment if a court finds they pose a threat to themselves or others. Current federal law has been interpreted to apply only to inpatient commitments. The bill would increase funding for mental health crisis intervention and help states strengthen their own gun laws. For example, Thompson said, states could allow police to petition for a warrant to temporarily take away someone's guns when there is reason to think the person poses an imminent risk of harm to himself or others, or temporarily prohibit the purchase and possession of a gun after an involuntary hospitalization on an emergency basis due to serious mental illness.
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Mike Thompson unveiled legislation Friday that would inject new money into the coffers of law enforcement attempting to prevent gun violence by the mentally ill - less than a week after a mass shooting in Santa Barbara that left six dead. The bill would ban outpatients who have been involuntarily committed from purchasing firearms if a court has deemed them dangerous and improve the system used to report potentially dangerous individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It also would stop those convicted of stalking or domestic abuse from buying guns. Thompson said it was "incumbent" on Congress to close the loopholes that allow the dangerously mental ill to access guns. "There is no one law that will save every life, but that's no excuse not to try and do what you can do. This is a good law that will protect our effort," Thompson said. The mental health-focused legislation has no Republican sponsors but Thompson said he is currently shopping the bill with GOP members.
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Thompson acknowledged that even stricter legislation and additional funds may not prevent gun attacks but said it was vital that Congress act. "I have to tell you as a gun guy, I'm ashamed that we can't step up and pass sensible gun laws to keep … our communities safe," he said.
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And the first step in stopping this is through background checks," Thompson said on the House floor Wednesday. "But the background check system is only as good as the data you put in it. And right now, all the information isn't getting in," he added. "When the information doesn't get into the system, we can't enforce the law, and dangerous people who otherwise wouldn't pass a background check can slip through the cracks and buy guns." Thompson chairs the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, established after the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Press Releases | Mike Thompson For Congress
www.mikethompsonforcongress.com, 17 June 2014 [cached]
Mike Thompson (CA-5), Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld a federal law in Abramski v. U.S. that makes it a crime for one person to buy a gun with the purpose of transferring the gun to another person while lying to the dealer about the final owner of the firearm.
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Thompson is a co-author of H.R. 1565 with Pete King (R-NY).
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Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent 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.
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Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced a $1,009,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) business loan for VJB Vineyard & Cellars. The SBA loan was used as part of the project financing of the VJB Vineyard & Cellars' facilities, including final improvements that were completed in time for the summer tourist season. "Low interest SBA loans help small businesses grow and create jobs," said Thompson.
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"We thank Congressman Thompson for supporting these loans and for his steadfast support of the Sonoma Valley wine community."
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Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced a $3,087,565 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant for Santa Rosa Community Health Centers (SRCHC). The grant will help SRCHC provide effective, responsive, culturally-appropriate solutions to community health needs for the populations served by SRCHC. "A person's access to quality, affordable health care should not be dependent on where they live, how much money they make, or whether or not they have health insurance," said Thompson.
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Mike Thompson (D-CA) and James Lankford (R-Ok) led a group of 111 bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives in sending House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) a letter asking the Chairman to reconsider proposed changes to the "last in, first out,"
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"Repealing LIFO will have a devastating impact on businesses across our districts and country," said Thompson.
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Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced seven appointments from California's Fifth Congressional District to the service academies. Congress has partnered with 4 of our 5 service academies (Air Force, Army, Navy and Merchant Marine) for more than 150 years to nominate candidates for admission. The fifth service academy, the Coast Guard Academy, does not require a nomination. "Appointing talented and bright young men and women to the service academies is one of the highest honors I have as an elected representative," said Thompson.
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Mike Thompson (CA-5), chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, today introduced the Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act of 2014, major mental health and domestic violence legislation aimed at reducing and preventing gun violence. The legislation provides resources for mental health crisis intervention services; closes the gaps in current federal gun policy by clarifying and expanding existing federal prohibitors; provides states with the tools needed to strengthen and enforce gun violence prevention laws; and improves records reporting into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). "While those suffering from mental illness are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent crimes, we must also recognize that improving our mental health system is an essential component of reducing and preventing gun violence," said Thompson.
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Mike Thompson (D-CA), chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Pete King (R-NY), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Joe Heck (R-NV), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 260-145-1.
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Thompson offered the amendment on the Floor last night.
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Mike Thompson (CA-5), chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, today offered a bipartisan amendment with U.S. Reps.
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Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent 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.
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George Miller (CA-11), Mike Thompson (CA-5), Doris O. Matsui (CA-6), Jerry McNerney (CA-9), John Garamendi (CA-3), Jared Huffman (CA-2) and Ami Bera (CA-7):
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Mike Thompson (CA-5) joined 127 of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives this week in calling on the Social Security Administration to extend Social Security marriage benefits to all same-sex spouses joined in civil unions, registered domestic partnerships, or marriages in states that do not recognize marriage equality. The Social Security Administration is currently withholding benefits from same-sex couples in civil unions and registered domestic partnerships, as well as married same-sex couples living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages. "No matter where a same-sex couple lives or what their union may be called, they are entitled to the same benefits as any married couple," said Thompson. "The Supreme Court was absolutely right to strike down the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples. Now we must continue working to make sure the rights and benefits of marriage are guaranteed for all American spouses." In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, was unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. However, the Windsor decision provided little guidance as to the status of legally married couples who live in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages. As a result, the Social Security Administration has put on hold survivor benefit applications from same-sex spouses who live in states that do not recognize gay marriage. The full text of the letter signed by Thompson is below.
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Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California's 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties.
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