Fred Thompson

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Fred Thompson
Fred Thompson.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Oregon, District 5
High schoolCalaveras High School
Bachelor'sLinfield College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1968 - 1971
Date of birthMay 18, 1949
Personal website
Campaign website
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Fred Thompson was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Oregon.[1] He lost in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]


After joining the U.S. Army in 1968, Thompson served in Germany with the First and Thirty-Second Field Artillery Unit and in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. He left the army in 1971, and went on to become president and CEO of a wood waste energy business.


  • Calaveras High School
  • Bachelor's degree-Linfield College



Campaign themes

Thompson outlines his 2012 campaign themes on his official campaign website. Key issues include:

  • Jobs and Economy

Excerpt: "For too long, the overwhelming tax and regulation burden on our private sector has caused an alarming flight of jobs and income out of our state. I know what it takes to run a successful business."[3]

  • Healthcare Reform

Excerpt: "The Republican by using a system of tax credits/vouchers so that individuals and families will be guaranteed the means to purchase their own healthcare insurance plan. Personal choice, personal ownership, and personal management are the only hope for a lasting, affordable overhaul of the healthcare system."[3]

  • Fiscal Responsibility

Excerpt: "The Obama/Schrader plan has already burdened our children with a mountain of debt, debt that will retard economic growth and deny prosperity to untold numbers of Americans. Government spending does not breed prosperity, period. As your Congressman, I will not vote for any measure that places additional tax burdens on America’s hard-working citizens."[3]

  • National Security

Excerpt: "Secure America’s borders and stop illegal immigration. Any review of America’s overseas entanglements of the last 50 years must conclude that military action without a Declaration of War by Congress leads to weak national resolve. Our armed forces deserve our full support when committed, and we should commit them only to achieve victory."[3]



See also: Oregon's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Thompson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Oregon's 5th District. Thompson defeated Karen Bowerman in the May 15, 2012, Republican primary. He lost to incumbent Rep. Kurt Schrader (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[2] Third party candidates Raymond Baldwin (L) and Christina Jean Lugo (Pacific Green Party) also ran in the general election.[4][5]

U.S. House, Oregon District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Schrader Incumbent 54% 177,229
     Republican Fred Thompson 42.4% 139,223
     Green Christina Jean Lugo 2.3% 7,516
     Constitution Raymond Baldwin 1.1% 3,600
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 402
Total Votes 327,970
Source: Oregon Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Oregon District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Thompson 67.4% 33,448
Karen Bowerman 32.6% 16,174
Total Votes 49,622


Thompson ran in the 2010 Republican primary, but lost the nomination to L. Scott Bruun.[6]

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Thompson lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Thompson's campaign committee raised a total of $33,207 and spent $33,207.[7]

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