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Bennie Thompson
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U.S. House, Mississippi, District 2
In office
April 13, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 3
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedApril 13, 1993
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hinds County, Mississippi, Board of Supervisors
Mayor of Bolton, Mississippi
Board of Aldermen, Bolton, Mississippi
Bachelor'sTougaloo College
Master'sJackson State University
BirthdayJanuary 28, 1948
Place of birthBolton, Mississippi
Office website
Bennie G. Thompson (b. January 28, 1948) 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.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Thompson is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]


Thompson was born in 1948 in Bolton, Mississippi. He earned his B.A. from Tougaloo College and his M.S. from Mississippi State University in 1968 and 1972, respectively.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Thompson's political career[2]:

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Thompson serves on the following House committee:[3]


Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Bennie Thompson has voted with the Democratic Party 91.4% of the time, which ranked 81 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[4]


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.[5] 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.[6]



Thompson is running for re-election in 2012. He defeated Heather McTeer in the March 13, 2012 Democratic primary. He will now face Bill Marcy (R), Cobby Williams (Independent), and Lajena Williams (Reform) in the November 2012 general election. [7]


On November 2, 2010, Thompson won re election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Bill Marcy (R) and Ashley Norwood (Reform) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives, Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBennie Thompson Incumbent 61.5% 105,327
     Republican Bill Marcy 37.6% 64,499
     Reform Ashley Norwood 0.9% 1,530
Total Votes 171,356

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Thompson's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District, 2010 - Bennie Thompson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,808,681
Total Spent $1,343,456
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $47,933
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $40,847
Top contributors to Bennie Thompson's campaign committee
American Assn for Justice$15,000
SAIC Inc$11,600
Air Line Pilots Assn$10,000
Amalgamated Transit Union$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$166,939
Transportation Unions$85,000
Sea Transport$64,798
Public Sector Unions$61,500

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Thompson has been married to his wife, London (née Johnson) for forty two years. They have one grown daughter and two grandchildren.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
U.S. House of Representatives - Mississippi, District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hinds County, Mississippi, Board of Supervisors
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mayor of Bolton, Mississippi
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Board of Aldermen, Bolton, Mississippi
Succeeded by