|U.S. House, Oregon, District 5|
|High school||Calaveras High School|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1968 - 1971|
|Date of birth||May 18, 1949|
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
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."
- Healthcare Reform
Excerpt: "The Republican plan...works 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."
- 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."
- 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."
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. Third party candidates Raymond Baldwin (L) and Christina Jean Lugo (Pacific Green Party) also ran in the general election.
|U.S. House, Oregon District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Kurt Schrader Incumbent||54%||177,229|
|Green||Christina Jean Lugo||2.3%||7,516|
|Source: Oregon Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Oregon District 5 Republican Primary, 2012|
|U.S. House, Oregon District 5, 2012 - Fred Thompson Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Opponent||$1,750,037|
|Total Spent by Opponent||$1,163,244|
|Top contributors to Fred Thompson's campaign committee|
|Jer Senior Living||$2,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Chemical & Related Manufacturing||$500|
|Securities & Investment||$450|
- Oregon's 5th Congressional District
- Oregon's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012
- United States House of Representatives
- Portland Tribune Thompson announces another run for 5th Congressional District seat December 19, 2011
- CNN "Oregon Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Fred Thompson Official Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed October 24, 2012
- The Oregonian, "Rep. Peter DeFazio easily wins primary race; voters decide on challengers to four Oregon congressional incumbents (2012 primary election)" May 15, 2012
- Oregon Secretary of State 2012 Official Primary Results
- Oregonlive.com Oregon 2010 Primary Results December 19, 2011
- Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013