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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 5

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Mike Thompson

Member of Congress
271,233 votes (76.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Addressing climate change and making our community more resilient in the face of natural disasters
  • Ending gun violence in our communities while protecting the rights of lawful gun owners
  • Growing our economy, creating good jobs and strengthening our middle class



Profession:Member of Congress
Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (1999–current)
State Senator -- CA2, California State Senate — Elected position (1990–1998)


Napa Valley College Bachelor of Arts (current)
California State University, Chico MPA (current)

Community Activities

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army (1967–1973)


Mike Thompson was first elected to Congress in 1998.  Recognized as a strong representative for his constituents, Thompson has worked on solutions that create jobs, strengthen the middle class, protect our seniors and veterans, increase access to health care, and preserve our environment for future generations. Prior to serving in Congress, Thompson represented California's 2nd District in the California State Senate where he chaired the powerful Budget Committee.

Thompson is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he is the Chairman of the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee as well as sits on the Health Subcommittee. Thompson is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus, which consists of more than 150 U.S. Senators and House members. He is also a member and twice co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.

Thompson was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the California State Senate. He served in combat with the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He was an instructor at the Army's Airborne School.

Thompson has been recognized for his leadership on job creation, health care and veterans issues. He has received awards for his legislative efforts from the National Association of Community Health Centers, the California State Council of Vietnam Veterans, the Wine Institute, and received the prestigious Edgar Wayburn Award from the Sierra Club for outstanding service to the environment.

Thompson is a small vineyard owner and was the maintenance supervisor for the Beringer Winery. He has taught Public Administration and State Government at San Francisco State University and California State University, Chico.

He is married to Janet Thompson, a family nurse practitioner. They have two sons, a firefighter and a deputy sheriff, and three wonderful granddaughters.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (55)

Individuals (34)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Mike Thompson:

Our nation’s infrastructure is in desperate need of modernization. That’s why earlier this year, I voted to pass a $1.5 trillion package investing in our nation’s infrastructure – our roads, bridges, ports and transit systems. This legislation will also help create good-paying jobs that we need now more than ever as we face recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. And it will help us modernize our infrastructure so it can better withstand disasters and help tackle the threat of climate change.

This legislation includes two of my bills to help achieve these goals. The Moving Forward Act includes the GREEN Act, my bill that provides major tax incentives to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The package also includes H.R. 5494, my bill to give homeowners a tax break to retrofit their homes so they can better withstand disasters, such as earthquakes and wildfires. Both are vital pieces of legislation to help our district be better prepared in the wake of fires and natural disasters we have faced over the years. I am proud to see these bills pass the House today. This moves us one step further in our goal of ensuring our infrastructure is better prepared for the transportation needs of the 21st Century. 

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Mike Thompson:
“Health care reform is helping save money and lives. While the Affordable Care Act was far from perfect, it was an important first step towards making sure every American can get health insurance.”    As the husband of a family nurse practitioner, and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, I know firsthand the challenges that exist in our current health care system. For more than two decades I have worked to make healthcare affordable and accessible for all Americans.    I am proud to have voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which is helping make sure the people of our district can get health insurance. This landmark legislation is holding insurance companies more accountable, increasing competition and guaranteeing more health insurance options.    Many people have already experienced the Affordable Care Act’s benefits. Insurance companies can no longer drop your coverage when you get sick or deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. Adults with pre-existing conditions now have access to coverage. Being a woman can no longer be treated as a pre-existing condition and your coverage can’t be dropped because you become pregnant. New insurance plans are required to cover preventive services and immunizations with no co-payments. Seniors are saving millions on prescription drugs. Small businesses that provide coverage to their employees now get a tax credit on insurance premiums. And, the hidden taxes all insured individuals currently pay toward the cost of emergency room visits by people without insurance have ended.    I have said from the beginning that the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, and you have to look no further than the federal health exchange website that has been plagued by delays to see that is true.  However, we should be spending our time working to build on and strengthen the reforms made in the law, not trying to undermine them at every turn.     Reforming health care has and always will be an ongoing process that will not be completed with the passage of any one bill. But by passing the Affordable Care Act into law, millions of Americans will now be able to get health insurance. And that’s what matters.
Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Mike Thompson:

Our current immigration system is broken and we need comprehensive immigration reform.  I believe we need immigration policies that are fair, practical and respect the rule of law while also recognizing our heritage as a nation of immigrants. Among other priorities, I am fighting to protect the DREAMers, young undocumented immigrants who arrived here aged 16 or younger.  This includes voting for a bill providing much-needed protections for DREAMers, as well as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders, providing a pathway to eventual citizenship. I will continue to oppose the President’s wall-building efforts.

Additionally, I cosponsored and voted to pass the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. This bill establishes a program for agricultural workers and their families to earn legal status through continued agricultural employment. This bill reforms also the H-2A program to make the program more responsive and user-friendly for employers.

I’ve also introduced bipartisan legislation to remove barriers to naturalization for non-citizen service members, veterans, and their families. My legislation would extend naturalization eligibility to more veterans and give veterans more time to apply for naturalization after their service. My bill will also help reunite the families of certain non-citizen service members by expediting the lawful permanent residence petitions for their spouses and children and allowing immediate family members of certain citizen soldiers to apply for lawful permanent residence.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $2,174,982

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Northwestern Mutual and employees
Employees of IPX1031
Holland and Knight and employees
Employees of Huneeus Wines
Ernst & Young and employees

More information about contributions

By State:

District of Columbia 34.47%
California 28.42%
Virginia 7.25%
Texas 3.82%
Other 26.05%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.94%)
Small contributions (6.06%)

By Type:

From organizations (72.70%)
From individuals (27.30%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Thompson is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, which is composed of moderate Democrats committed to fiscally responsible solutions to America's problems. He is recognized in Congress and throughout his district as someone who has built a solid reputation for bipartisan problem solving.

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