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Bennie Thompson
Bennie Thompson.jpg
U.S. House, Mississippi, District 2
Incumbent
In office
April 13, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMike Espy (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.22 in 2012
First electedApril 13, 1993
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,375,785
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hinds County, Mississippi, Board of Supervisors
1980-1993
Mayor of Bolton, Mississippi
1973-1979
Board of Aldermen, Bolton, Mississippi
1969-1973
Education
Bachelor'sTougaloo College
Master'sJackson State University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 28, 1948
Place of birthBolton, Mississippi
ProfessionTeacher
Net worth$647,014.50
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bennie G. Thompson (b. January 28, 1948, in Bolton, MS) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District. Thompson was first elected to the House in a 1993 special election following the resignation of Representative Mike Espy. He won re-election in 2012. He is running for re-election on November 4, 2014, and he won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Thompson is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Thompson was born in 1948 in Bolton, Mississippi. He earned his B.A. from Tougaloo College and his M.S. from Jackson State University in 1968 and 1972, respectively.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Thompson's political career:[1]

Prior to his political career, Thompson worked as a school teacher.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Thompson serves on the following committee:[2]

2011-2012

Thompson served on the following House committee:[3]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Thompson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Thompson voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Thompson voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[6]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Thompson voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[6]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Thompson voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[7] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[6]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Thompson voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[8] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[9]

SNAP funding

Thompson signed a letter addressed to House Speaker John Boehner that asked for any future farm bills to include SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funding.[10]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[11] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[12] Thompson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[13] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Thompson voted for HR 2775.[14]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Thompson voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[15] The vote largely followed party lines.[16]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Thompson has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[17]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Thompson voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[18]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Thompson voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[19]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Bennie Thompson's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Thompson is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Thompson received a score of 66 percent on social issues and 2 percent on economic issues.[20]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[21]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[20]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[22] According to the report, Thompson helped secure $900,000 that was used to resurface about two dozen roads in Hinds County, Mississippi. One of those was a quarter-mile residential loop in Bolton, where Thompson owns a home and two lots, and his daughter also owns a home.[23]

Campaign themes

2012

Thompson highlighted the following issues on his campaign website:[24]

  • Civil Rights

Excerpt: "It has been Congressman Thompson’s charge to support the fairness and equity as expressed in the Titles of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Congressman Thompson believes providing for fair and non-discriminatory practices in our schools, job sectors, and communities will prove to be vital in this country’s plans for a future where we out build, out educate and out innovate the rest of the world."[25]

  • Education

Excerpt: "While Congressman Thompson supports the ideal of high standards for measuring students and teachers, he believes it is imperative that public school districts receive the necessary funding that would provide innovative and educational tools to teachers, parents and students in their efforts to close the achievement gaps and raise achievement for all children."[26]

  • Economic Recovery

Excerpt: "The American Recovery and Reinvestment act (“Recovery Act”) is creating jobs and strengthening the economy. It is making a real difference for families, providing new resources to local governments and business, and helping to end the economic free fall that has gripped the country for more than 18 months."[27]

  • Energy And Environment

Excerpt: "To create the next generation of clean energy jobs, make our nation more secure and reduce the pollution that causes global warming, Congressman Thompson and Congressional Democrats are committed to investing in our nation’s clean energy future."[28]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "Mississippi continues to face tremendous challenges as we confront our health care needs...To help address these challenges Democrats introduce the Affordable Care Act of 2010."[29] [30]

—Bennie Thompson, http://www.benniethompson.com/issues/

Elections

2014

See also: Mississippi's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Thompson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Mississippi District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBennie Thompson Incumbent 95.7% 41,618
Damien Fairconetue 4.3% 1,860
Total Votes 43,478
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Democratic primary results

2012

See also: Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Thompson won the election.[31] Thompson ran for re-election in 2012. He defeated Heather McTeer in the March 13, 2012, Democratic primary. He faced Bill Marcy (Republican), Cobby Williams (Independent) and Lajena Williams (Reform) in the November 2012 general election.[32][33]

U.S. House, Mississippi, District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBennie Thompson Incumbent 67.1% 214,978
     Republican Bill Marcy 31% 99,160
     Independent Cobby Williams 1.4% 4,605
     Reform Lajena Williams 0.5% 1,501
Total Votes 320,244
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBennie Thompson Incumbent 87.5% 49,083
Heather McTeer 12.5% 7,040
Total Votes 56,123

Endorsements

Thompson was endorsed by the organizations below for the 2012 election.[34]

  • AFSCME
  • Air Line Pilots Association PAC
  • American Federation of Government Employees
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Maritime Officers Voluntary PAF
  • American Postal Workers Union
  • Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen PAC
  • Committee on Letter Carriers
  • Communications Workers of America
  • International Association of Bridge Structual & Ornamental Ironworkers; Boilermakers; Electrical Works; and Teamsters
  • International Union of Operating Engineers
  • Laborers’ International Union North
  • MEBA Political Action Fund
  • National Air Traffic Controllers Association
  • National Education Association
  • National Postal Mail Handlers Union
  • National Treasury Employees PAC
  • Seafarers International Union
  • Sheet Metal Workers International
  • Transport Workers Union
  • United Association of Journeymen and APP; Auto Workers; Food and Commercial Workers; Auto Workers
  • United Mine Workers of America; Steel Workers of America PAF; United Transportation Union

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Thompson attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Thompson is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Thompson raised a total of $8,375,785 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[44]

Bennie Thompson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 2) Won $1,208,367
2010 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 2) Won $1,808,681
2008 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 2) Won $2,147,392
2006 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 2) Won $1,375,701
2004 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 2) Won $756,391
2002 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 2) Won $542,798
2000 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 2) Won $536,455
Grand Total Raised $8,375,785


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Thompson's reports.[45]

Bennie Thompson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2013$1,192,547.83$80,101.98$(71,497.34)$1,201,152.47
July Quarterly[47]July 15, 2013$1,201,152.47$198,445.56$(131,049.54)$1,268,548.49
October Quarterly[48]October 11, 2013$1,268,548.49$174,354.99$(107,647.08)$1,335,256.40
Year-End Quarterly[49]December 31, 2013$1,335,256$138,159$(126,524)$1,345,846
April Quarterly[50]April 14, 2014$1,345,846.73$95,849.15$(65,483.24)$1,376,212.64
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$1,372,470$120,432$(136,111)$1,356,796
Running totals
$807,342.68$(638,312.2)

2012

Thompson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Thompson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,208,368 and spent $1,765,172.[51]

Cost per vote

Thompson spent $8.22 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Thompson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Thompson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,808,681 and spent $1,343,456.[52]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Thompson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $287,029 and $1,007,000. That averages to $647,014.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Thompson ranked as the 249th most wealthy representative in 2012.[53] Between 2004 and 2012, Thompson's calculated net worth[54] decreased by an average of 6 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[55]

Bennie Thompson Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$1,166,214
2012$647,014
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-45%
Average annual growth:-6%[56]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[57]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Thompson is the ranking member of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. Thompson received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 1993-2014, 26.45 percent of Thompson's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[58]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Bennie Thompson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $11,008,093
Total Spent $9,651,296
Ranking member of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$980,273
Transportation Unions$591,850
Industrial Unions$546,314
Public Sector Unions$481,550
Casinos/Gambling$311,618
% total in top industry8.91%
% total in top two industries14.28%
% total in top five industries26.45%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Thompson is a "moderate Democratic follower" as of July 2014.[59] Thompson was rated as a "rank-and-file Democrat" in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[60]

Thompson most often votes with:

Thompson least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Thompson missed 537 of 14,392 roll call votes from April 1993 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.7 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[59]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Thompson paid his congressional staff a total of $1,024,403 in 2011. Overall, Mississippi ranked 41st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[61]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Thompson was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Thompson's staff was given an apparent $31,500.00 in bonus money.[62]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Thompson ranked 148th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[63]

2012

Thompson ranked 146th in the liberal rankings in 2012. This was the most liberal ranking earned by a representative from Mississippi in 2012.[64]

2011

Thompson ranked 91st in the liberal rankings in 2011. This was the most liberal ranking earned by a representative from Mississippi in 2011.[65]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Thompson voted with the Democratic Party 93.0 percent of the time, which ranked 108th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[66]

2013

Thompson voted with the Democratic Party 96.2 percent of the time, which ranked 28th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[67]

Personal

Thompson has been married to his wife, London (née Johnson) for over 40 years. They have one grown daughter and two grandchildren.[68]

Thompson is a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.[69]

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See also

External links

References

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  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  3. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed December 3, 2011
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  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Bennie Thompson's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 27, 2013
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  19. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
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  21. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  23. Washington Post, "Mapping the earmarks," accessed February 6, 2012
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  29. Bennie Thompson, "Healthcare," accessed October 10, 2012
  30. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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  53. Open Secrets, "Bennie Thompson (D-MS), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  54. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  55. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  56. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  57. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Espy (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Mississippi, District 2
1993–present
Succeeded by
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Hinds County, Mississippi, Board of Supervisors
1980-1993
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Mayor of Bolton, Mississippi
1973-1979
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Board of Aldermen, Bolton, Mississippi
1969-1973
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