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  Thompson, Fred
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AffiliationRepublican  
<-  2007-01-01  
 
NameFred Thompson
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Nashville, Tennessee 37203, United States
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Born August 19, 1942
DiedNovember 01, 2015 (73 years)
ContributorRP
Last ModifedRob Ritchie
Aug 19, 2019 09:09am
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InfoFreddie "Fred" Dalton Thompson

Fred Thompson, former United States Senator, prosecutor and accomplished film and television actor, recently joined the cast of the Emmy Award-winning drama series “Law & Order” as the newly-elected District Attorney, Arthur Branch.

Of the character’s election to the D.A.’s office, Executive Producer Michael Chernuchin explains, “The election of the new District Attorney is definitely a reaction to 9/11. His political leanings are a little more to the right than former D.A.s on the show. He is a ‘strict constructionist,’ that is, for him, the Constitution is what it says it is and nothing more.”

Fred Thompson’s service in the United States Senate was a continuation of a distinguished career across both the public and private arenas. In his first campaign for public office, Thompson was elected by the people of Tennessee in 1994 to the remaining two years of an unexpired Senate term. When he was returned for a full term in 1996, he received more votes than any previous candidate for any office in Tennessee history. In 1997, Thompson was elected Chairman of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, making him among the most junior senators in history to serve as Chairman of a major Senate Committee.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Thompson maintained law offices in Nashville and Washington and served as Special Counsel to both the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He is also the author of the Watergate memoir, “At That Point in Time.”

Having grown up in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Thompson attended Memphis State University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy and political science. He went on to receive a law degree from Vanderbilt University. Two years later, Thompson was named an Assistant United States Attorney and, at the age of 30, was appointed Minority Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, where he served in 1973 and 1974.

In 1977, Thompson took on the case of a Tennessee Parole Board chairman under suspicious circumstances. Thompson’s work helped to expose a cash-for-clemency scheme that ultimately toppled the governor. The scandal became the subject of a best-selling book and later a film, “Marie,” in which Thompson portrayed himself. He went on to appear in 18 motion pictures, including feature roles in “Cape Fear,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Die Hard II,” and “The Hunt for Red October.” He has also guest starred on the television series, “China Beach,” “Wiseguy,” and “Matlock.”

In 1994, Thompson was elected to the United States Senate, reelected in 1996 and chose not to run for reelection in 2002. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Thompson and his wife Jeri live in Nashville, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. He has two sons and five grandchildren.


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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Feb 23, 2009 01:00pm News Fred Thompson Show To Debut March 2  Article Servo 
Dec 03, 2008 01:00pm News Exclusive: Fred Thompson lands on 'Mars'  Article ArmyDem 
Dec 02, 2008 09:00am Commentary Fred Speaks  Article CBlock941 
Jun 03, 2008 01:25pm News Fred Thompson: Vice presidency not in the cards  Article CBlock941 
Jan 22, 2008 12:00pm Blog Entry Now it can be told- The Thompson story [Fred really wanted VP spot]  Article Servo 
Dec 19, 2007 01:25pm General Fred Thompson: Lazy as charged  Article ArmyDem 

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FAMILY
Wife Jeri Kehn Thompson Jun 29, 2002-Nov 01, 2015

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RACES
  06/03/2008 US President - R Primaries Lost 1.44% (-45.06%)
  06/03/2008 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.00% (-47.95%)
  01/08/2008 NH US Vice President - R Primary Lost 2.32% (-60.11%)
  01/08/2008 NH US Vice President - D Primary Lost 0.01% (-46.91%)
  08/11/2007 Iowa GOP Presidential Straw Poll Lost 1.42% (-30.16%)
  11/05/1996 TN US Senate Won 61.37% (+24.55%)
  08/01/1996 TN US Senate- R Primary Won 94.09% (+88.19%)
  11/08/1994 TN US Senate - Special Election Won 60.44% (+21.83%)
  08/04/1994 TN US Senate - Special R Primary Won 64.17% (+28.34%)
SPECULATIVE, DID NOT RUN
  08/01/2002 TN US Senate - R Primary Lost 0.00% (-53.79%)
  07/01/2000 US President - R Primaries Lost 0.00% (-62.00%)
ENDORSEMENTS
VA US Senate - R Primary - Jun 12, 2012 R George F. Allen
IN District 05 - R Primary - May 08, 2012 R David McIntosh
TN US President - R Primary - Mar 06, 2012 R Newt Gingrich
US President - R Primaries - Jun 26, 2012 R Newt Gingrich
AZ District 03 - R Primary - Aug 24, 2010 R Sam Crump
AZ US Senate - R Primary - Aug 24, 2010 R John McCain
CT US Senate - R Primary - Aug 10, 2010 R Rob Simmons
KS District 1 - R Primary - Aug 03, 2010 R Rob Wasinger
NV US Senate - R Primary - Jun 08, 2010 R Sue Lowden
SC Governor - R Primary - Jun 08, 2010 R Gresham Barrett
NY District 23 - Special Election - Nov 03, 2009 R Douglas Hoffman
VA Attorney General - R Convention - May 30, 2009 R Ken Cuccinelli
Florida Marriage Protection Amendment - Nov 04, 2008 YES Yes
US Attorney General - Jan 20, 2001 R John Ashcroft
TN US President - R Primary - Mar 14, 2000 R John McCain
US President - R Primaries - Jul 01, 2000 R John McCain
Second Circuit Court Judge - Oct 02, 1998 NPA Reject
U.S. Surgeon General - Feb 10, 1998 D David M. Satcher