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  Thompson, Tommy
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NameTommy Thompson
Address1313 Manassas Trail
Madison, Wisconsin 53718, United States
Website [Link]
Born November 19, 1941 (80 years)
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Last ModifedMr. Matt
Nov 16, 2021 02:36pm
Tags Caucasian - Married - Army - Catholic - Straight -
InfoTommy George Thompson

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson is the nation’s leading advocate for the health and welfare of all Americans. He is the 19th individual to serve as Secretary of the department, which employs more than 60,000 personnel and has a fiscal year 2001 budget of $429 billion.

Secretary Thompson has dedicated his professional life to public service, most recently serving as governor of Wisconsin since 1987. Secretary Thompson made state history when he was re-elected to office for a third term in 1994 and a fourth term in 1998.

During his 14 years as governor, Secretary Thompson focused on revitalizing Wisconsin’s economy. He also gained national attention for his leadership on welfare reform, expanded access to health care for low-income people, and education.

In 1996, Secretary Thompson enacted Wisconsin Works, or "W-2," the state’s landmark welfare-to-work legislation, which served as a national model for welfare reform. The program required participants to work, while at the same time providing the services and support to make the transition to work feasible and permanent. W-2 provided a safety net through child care, health care, transportation and training assistance. Wisconsin’s monthly welfare caseload declined by more than 90 percent, while the economic status of those taking part in W-2 improved. The average family on AFDC had been 30 percent below the federal poverty line. However, at the average wage of people leaving W-2, families were 30 percent above the poverty line.

More recently, Secretary Thompson worked to extend health insurance to many low-income children and families. As of November 2000, The BadgerCare program -- Wisconsin’s Medicaid/State Children’s Health Insurance Program for uninsured families -- had enrolled more than 77,000 individuals. In addition, Wisconsin’s Pathways to Independence was the nation’s first program to allow the disabled to enter the workforce without the fear of losing health benefits. The program provides ready access to a coordinated system of services and benefits counseling. As governor, Thompson also created FamilyCare, designed to help elderly and disabled citizens, and allow them to receive care in their homes for as long as possible.

Also as governor, Thompson created the nation’s first parental school choice program in 1990, allowing low-income Milwaukee families to send children to the private or public school of their choice. He also created Wisconsin’s Council on Model Academic Standards, which implemented high academic standards for English language arts, math, science and social studies. Thompson also made unprecedented investments in the University of Wisconsin System through building projects and initiatives to attract and retain world-class faculty while keeping tuition affordable for students.

Secretary Thompson began his career in public service in 1966 as a representative in Wisconsin’s state Assembly. He was elected assistant Assembly minority leader in 1973 and Assembly minority leader in 1981. Secretary Thompson has received numerous awards for his public service, including the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Public Service Award. In 1997, the Secretary received Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year Award, and the Horatio Alger Award in 1998. The Secretary has also served as chairman of the National Governors’Association, the Education Commission of the States and the Midwestern Governors’ Conference. Secretary Thompson also served in the Wisconsin National Guard and the Army Reserve.

Additional Information
Born: November 19, 1941 in Elroy, Wisconsin
Senate Confirmation: January 24, 2001
Sworn in: February 2, 2001
Education: B.S. 1963, J.D. 1966, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Family: Married to Sue Ann with three children -- Tommi, Kelli and Jason


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10/11/2012-10/14/2012 Marquette University Law School 37.00% ( 0.0) 50.00% ( 0.0) 13.00% ( 0.0)
09/12/2012-09/13/2012 Public Policy Polling 40.00% ( 0.0) 53.00% ( 0.0) 7.00% ( 0.0)

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Mar 04, 2012 10:00am Profile Tommy Thompson had key role in establishing Romneycare  Article RP 
Aug 17, 2011 08:00pm News Former Wis. Gov Thompson headed toward Senate run  Article Jason 
May 26, 2011 08:00pm General The effort to sideline Tommy Thompson  Article COSDem 
Aug 12, 2007 09:00pm Press Release [Tommy] Thompson Thanks Supporters, Exits Presidential Race  Article RMF 
Aug 10, 2007 09:00pm News Money Not Flowing Into Thompson's Presidential Campaign  Article RBH 
May 31, 2007 06:15pm Opinion [Tommy] Thompson's bid can't get any lower  Article Penguin 

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Father Allen Thompson 0000-
Brother Ed Thompson 1944-2011

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