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Thompson won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]]<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref> for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 5th congressional district elections, 2012|5th District]] as a Democrat.  He was displaced from [[California's 1st congressional district elections, 2012|the 1st district]] by redistricting.<ref>[http://kiem-tv.com/node/2170 "Congressman Mike Thompson seeks re-election but not for the North Coast", ''kiem-tv.com'', August 15, 2011]</ref>
 
Thompson won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]]<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref> for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 5th congressional district elections, 2012|5th District]] as a Democrat.  He was displaced from [[California's 1st congressional district elections, 2012|the 1st district]] by redistricting.<ref>[http://kiem-tv.com/node/2170 "Congressman Mike Thompson seeks re-election but not for the North Coast", ''kiem-tv.com'', August 15, 2011]</ref>
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Thompson is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic leader]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/c_thompson/400403 ''Gov Track'' "Thompson" Accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
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==Career==
 
==Career==
 
Below is an abbreviated outline of Thompson's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=t000460 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress'' "Michael Thompson," Accessed November 2, 2011]</ref>
 
Below is an abbreviated outline of Thompson's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=t000460 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress'' "Michael Thompson," Accessed November 2, 2011]</ref>

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Mike Thompson
Mike Thompson.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 5
Incumbent
In office
1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorFrank D. Riggs (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,543,730
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate
1991-1998
Education
Associate'sNapa Valley College
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Chico, 1982
Master'sCalifornia State University, 1996
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1969-1973
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 24, 1951
Place of birthSaint Helena, CA
Net worth$2,215,504
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Thompson (b. January 24, 1951) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 5th congressional district. Thompson was first elected to the House in 1998.

Thompson won re-election in the 2012 election[1] for the U.S. House, representing California's 5th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from the 1st district by redistricting.[2]

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.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Thompson's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1969-1972: United States Army
  • 1982: Graduated from California State University, Chico with B.A.
  • 1996: Graduated from California State University, Chico with M.A.
  • 1990-1998: California State Senate
  • 1999-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Thompson serves on the following committees:[4][5]

2011-2012

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Thompson's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • BDCP
Excerpt: "The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) creates a flawed process for moving forward to address our water challenges. It is not based on science and puts the interests of South-of-Delta water contractors before our farmers, fishermen and local communities. We cannot allow this deal to move forward. Many of our families and small businesses that depend on the Delta would have their livelihood stripped away and the Delta’s diverse wildlife would be destroyed."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "We have to get our debt and deficit under control – and the best way to do this is through a balanced approach that cuts spending, asks everyone to pay their fair share, and creates jobs. More jobs means more revenue and more revenue to invest back in our communities."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "I am proud to have supported historic health care reform that is already helping millions of Americans. This law was a huge step forward, but there is still more to be done. I will keep working to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, and make sure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care"
  • Housing
Excerpt: "Our economy will continue to suffer, and consumer confidence will never return if we do not help hard working middle class families navigate this mortgage nightmare."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "America is a nation of immigrants, and we are a stronger nation because of it. However, our current immigration system is broken and in need of repair. We need comprehensive reform that that rewards individuals who play by the rules, allows children of immigrants to get a college education, provides a pathway to citizenship for families who have been here for generations, and establishes a guest worker program for those here doing jobs Americans don’t want to do."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: California's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Thompson won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 5th District as a Democrat.[1] He and Randy Loftin (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Stewart Cilley (R). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]

U.S. House, California District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Thompson Incumbent 74.5% 202,872
     Republican Randy Loftin 25.5% 69,545
Total Votes 272,417
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 5 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Thompson (D) Incumbent 72.2% 95,748
Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Loftin (R) 16.7% 22,137
Stewart John Cilley (R) 11.1% 14,734
Total Votes 132,619

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thompson is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Thompson raised a total of $10,543,730 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[17]

Mike Thompson (California)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 5) Won $1,811,426
2010 US House (California, District 1) Won $1,912,475
2008 US House (California, District 1) Won $1,916,753
2006 US House (California, District 1) Won $1,747,991
2004 US House (California, District 1) Won $1,256,758
2002 US House (California, District 1) Won $965,688
2000 US House (California, District 1) Won $932,639
Grand Total Raised $10,543,730

2012

Breakdown of the source of Thompson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Thompson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Thompson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,811,426 and spent $1,617,250.[18]

2010

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

Thompson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Thompson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,912,475 and spent $1,901,460.[19]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

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 leader" as of June 2013.[20]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Thompson missed 115 of 9,871 roll call votes from January 1999 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.2%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[21]

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 $1,295,143 in 2011. He ranked 2nd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 2nd overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[22]

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 $19,000.00 in bonus money.[23]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Thompson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,166,010 and $3,264,999. That averages to $2,215,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 28.03% from 2010.[24]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Thompson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $846,010 and $2,614,999. That averages to $1,730,504.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[25]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Thompson ranked 73rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[26]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Thompson ranked 71st in the liberal rankings.[27]

Voting with party

2013

Mike Thompson voted with the Democratic Party 97.0% of the time, which ranked 29th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[28]

Personal

Thompson and his wife, Janet, have two children.

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "Congressman Mike Thompson seeks re-election but not for the North Coast", kiem-tv.com, August 15, 2011
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Michael Thompson," Accessed November 2, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 21, 2013
  5. Committee on Ways and Means, "Committee members," January 15, 2013
  6. Campaign website, Issues
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  9. Unofficial election results
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mike Thompson," Accessed March 22, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Mike Thompson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Mike Thompson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  20. Gov Track "Mike Thompson," Accessed June 7 2013
  21. GovTrack, "Mike Thompson," Accessed April 2, 2013
  22. LegiStorm "Mike Thompson"
  23. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Thompson, (D-Cali), 2011"
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Thompson, (D-Cali), 2010"
  26. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Riggs
U.S. House - California District 5
1999-Present
Succeeded by
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