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  Thompson, Fred
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AffiliationRepublican  
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NameFred Thompson
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Nashville, Tennessee 37203, United States
EmailNone
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Born August 19, 1942
DiedNovember 01, 2015 (73 years)
ContributorRP
Last ModifedRob Ritchie
Aug 19, 2019 09:09am
Tags Caucasian - Conservative - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti Environment - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Civil Unions - Anti-Gay Marriage - Anti-Labor - Anti-Tort Reform - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Life - Pro-Missile Defense - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Divorced - Married - Church of Christ - Straight -
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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EVENTS
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NEWS
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 
Dec 15, 2007 10:00pm Blog Entry Are you listening? Fred! Will. Not. Pander.  Article particleman 
Dec 01, 2007 09:00am News Thompson Bid, Criticized as Sleepy, Is at the Least Unconventional  Article ArmyDem 
Nov 25, 2007 11:00am News Thompson attacks Fox News  Article ArmyDem 
Nov 23, 2007 06:00pm News Thompson says NYC isn't representative of America  Article Bob 
Nov 23, 2007 12:00pm News Thompson motivation hard to pinpoint  Article ArmyDem 
Nov 20, 2007 09:00am Opinion Thompson should at least act interested  Article Servo 
Nov 18, 2007 09:00am News Fred Thompson: Backs Terri Schiavo's Parents, Courts Should Favor Life  Article Servo 
Nov 04, 2007 06:00pm News 'Longtime Friend,' Thompson Adviser Has Rap Sheet  Article Servo 
Oct 22, 2007 10:00pm News Thompson's Daughter's Death Informs Right-to-Die Stance  Article particleman 
Oct 18, 2007 08:00pm News Thompson’s plan spooks GOP backers  Article ArmyDem 
Oct 11, 2007 03:00am News Fred Thompson earns millions as an actor, he discloses  Article Servo 
Oct 08, 2007 01:05pm Endorsement George Allen to officially get behind Fred  Article particleman 
Oct 04, 2007 09:35pm News Subdued Thompson Stirs Few Sparks on Stump  Article ArmyDem 
Oct 04, 2007 03:55pm Commentary Fred Thompson's Boredom  Article Servo 
Oct 01, 2007 11:00am News Thompson: Iraq had WMDs before U.S. invaded  Article Servo 
Sep 26, 2007 07:00pm News Evangelicals turn on Thompson  Article COSDem 
Sep 20, 2007 11:00am News Thompson defends his lobbying  Article Servo 
Sep 19, 2007 11:00am Analysis The Fact Checker: Thompson's Wars  Article RP 
Sep 19, 2007 10:45am News Thompson skims over lobbyist on résumé  Article Servo 
Sep 19, 2007 10:00am Analysis The Limits of Self-Restraint  Article CBlock941 
Sep 18, 2007 11:00am News Thompson: Drill the Everglades?  Article ArmyDem 
Sep 17, 2007 10:00am Analysis Christian Right Group Likes Thompson—but….  Article Servo 
Sep 15, 2007 01:00pm Analysis Spotlight harsh on Thompson  Article Servo 
Sep 14, 2007 09:00am Commentary Is a Fred Thompson Campaign Necessary?  Article CBlock941 
Sep 14, 2007 09:00am Commentary FREDeralism!  Article CBlock941 
Sep 11, 2007 06:00pm News Thompson promises more [Johnny] Cash  Article Servo 
Sep 11, 2007 04:00pm Statement Thompson Says He Won't Tout His Religion on Trail  Article RP 
Sep 11, 2007 09:20am News Thompson won’t sign Norquist’s no-tax pledge  Article Servo 
Sep 10, 2007 10:50pm News Fred wants 'due process' for bin Laden  Article ArmyDem 
Sep 09, 2007 06:50pm General Thompson Linked to Work for Libyans  Article RP 
Sep 09, 2007 10:00am Blog Entry Fred Thompson - Gay Marriage  Article Servo 
Sep 08, 2007 01:00pm News Fred Thompson: Al Qaeda smoking ban pushed Iraqis to U.S.  Article Servo 
Sep 08, 2007 06:20am News Fred Thompson: Dissent makes US 'weak,' carries 'heavy price'  Article Bob Sacamano 
Sep 06, 2007 04:00pm Profile [Fred] Thompson wed his ambition  Article Servo 
Sep 06, 2007 02:45pm Amusing Shocking truth about Fred Thompson revealed!  Article RBH 
Sep 04, 2007 08:50pm Announcement Thompson Will Enter Race With A Bang  Article RP 
Aug 30, 2007 03:00pm News Thompson to announce bid Sept. 6  Article ev 
Aug 26, 2007 12:00am News Gingrich, who might yet run, suggests Thompson video launch  Article particleman 
Aug 24, 2007 10:00am Poll Trick Question? [Fred Thompson on Health Care]  Article Servo 
Aug 20, 2007 10:00am Commentary Is Fred Thompson Skirting Election Law?  Article Servo 
Aug 17, 2007 04:00pm Interview Thompson: Roe 'bad law and bad medicine'  Article RP 
Jul 30, 2007 02:45pm News Fred's funds raise fear of flop [Fred Thompson]  Article Servo 
Jul 24, 2007 04:00pm Opinion What [Fred] Thompson, [John] Edwards share: They're all image with no substance  Article Monsieur 
Jul 24, 2007 03:00pm News [Fred] Thompson Shakes Up Staff  Article Servo 
Jul 23, 2007 06:00pm Profile The Actor  Article RP 
Jul 16, 2007 11:00am News Interest flares for Thompson's papers  Article The Sunset Provision 
Jul 12, 2007 10:10am News Fred Thompson backs off lobbying denial  Article Servo 
Jul 07, 2007 02:00pm News [Fred] Thompson lobbied for abortion-rights group, it says  Article Servo 
Jul 01, 2007 02:20am Statement Clinton slams GOP rival's Cuba remark  Article RP 
Jun 25, 2007 12:00pm News Old girlfriends cast their vote for Thompson  Article The Sunset Provision 
Jun 10, 2007 01:05am Commentary Of Tulips and Fred Thompson  Article particleman 
May 31, 2007 01:00pm News [Fred] Thompson Ends ['Law & Order'] Term  Article Monsieur 
May 30, 2007 01:00pm News Fred Thompson moving ahead with likely candidacy  Article Thomas Walker 
Apr 11, 2007 11:50am News Fred Thompson says he has cancer  Article The Sunset Provision 
Mar 11, 2007 09:00pm News Actor Fred Thompson considers 2008 run  Article RP 
Mar 03, 2007 01:00pm Blog Entry Hail to the Chief for President Fred Thompson?  Article Servo 
Jul 11, 2005 12:00pm Speculative GOP buzz: [Fred] Thompson should run for [TN] governor  Article DFWDem 
Jul 06, 2005 12:00pm News Ex-Sen. Thompson to Oversee Court Nominee  Article CBlock941 

DISCUSSION
Importance? 9.00000 Average

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

INFORMATION LINKS
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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