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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election
United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 4

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Mike Thompson

Member of Congress
176,900 votes (67.8%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Help recover from the economic and public health impacts of the pandemic
  • Address climate change
  • Protect our communities from the devastating impact of disasters and mitigating the future impact of fires.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Member of Congres
Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (1999–current)
Senator, California State Senate — Elected position (1987–1998)
Chief of Staff, California State Assemblymembers Jackie Speier and Lou Papan (1983–1989)
Lecturer, State Government, California State University, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (1984–1987)
Assembly Fellow, Committee on Education, California State Assembly, Sacramento, CA (1982–1983)
Lecturer, State Government, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA (1980–1982)
Vineyard Equipment Maintenance and Farm Equipment Service, Beringer Vineyards, John Deere, Lincoln Farm Equipment, Wilcox Tractor, and St. Helena Cooperative Winery (1972–1978)

Education

California State University, Chico, Chico, CA Masters Degree, Public Administration (1996)
California State University, Chico, Chico, CA Bachelor’s Degree, Major in Administration and Minor in Economics (1982)
Napa Valley College, Napa, CA N/A, General Studies (1979)

Biography

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 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.

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.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce American greenhouse gas production?  Please explain the reasons for your position.
Answer from Mike Thompson:

As Chair of the Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee, I wrote legislation, the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act.  This legislation which passed the House of Representative as part of Build Back Better, is the largest investment to ever pass out of the House of Representatives to combat climate change.  This legislation builds on existing tax incentives that promote renewable energy and increase efficiency and creates new models for technology to reduce our carbon footprint. If we don’t address climate change, nothing else matters as we won’t have a planet to pass on to our next generation. The GREEN Act is a critical step forward in our fight to tackle climate change head on and create jobs. 

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
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 as children.  I believe they deserve a pathway to citizenship. I am a cosponsor of legislation that has passed the House of Representative that would do just that.

 

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 legislation to remove barriers to naturalization for non-citizen military 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.

 

Immigrants are an irreplaceable part of our country’s economic future, and we need to ensure that our businesses have the workforce they need to grow and prosper in our communities. A sensible immigration policy that meets the needs of our workers, immigrants and businesses will provide a stronger economic opportunity for our district.

As Congress Member what, if any, policies or legislation would you support to preserve democracy for all US residents?
Answer from Mike Thompson:

I am an original cosponsor of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.  I voted for this legislation that passed out of the House which restores critical protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and keeps the promise of our democracy for all Americans. Amid state-level efforts across the country to restrict the right to vote, H.R. 4 would prevent states and localities with a history of voter discrimination from restricting the right to vote by requiring these jurisdictions to preclear election changes with the Department of Justice. 

 

I also voted for H.R. 1, the For the People Act, legislation thats expands voting rights, changes campaign finance laws, bans partisan gerrymandering, and creates new ethics rules for federal officeholders.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of projects and laws.  What, if any, new programs or projects or reforms to existing programs and projects would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Mike Thompson:

As our community prepares for another fire season and the drought continues, I am continuing to fight for disaster relief for our district. At the forefront of my efforts is the reauthorization of the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+), a vital program that provides direct payments to farmers and ranchers for crop losses from qualifying disasters, including wildfires, smoke-taint and drought. My bill, H.R. 267, the 2020 WHIP+ Reauthorization Act was signed into law by President Biden and will provide $10 billion to those agriculture producers impacted by disasters. Important for our communities, my legislation increased the support available to agriculture producers with losses of high-value crops. 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $1,739,143

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

1
Employees of Jackson Family Wines
$46,469
2
Northwestern Mutual and employees
$14,250
3
Ernst & Young and employees
$13,003
4
Employees of Trinchero Family Estates
$12,800
5
Employees of Staglin Family Vineyard
$11,027

More information about contributions

By State:

California 35.94%
District of Columbia 31.91%
Virginia 7.05%
Maryland 3.87%
Other 21.23%
35.94%31.91%21.23%

By Size:

Large contributions (96.66%)
Small contributions (3.34%)
96.66%

By Type:

From organizations (63.45%)
From individuals (36.55%)
63.45%36.55%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I’m excited to run for reelection in the newly drawn 4th Congressional District.  I was born in our district, I grew up in our district, and I still live in our district.  I consider it the honor of my life to represent our beautiful region in Congress.

 

I am running for this office because I want to make sure everyone who works hard and plays by the rules has the opportunity to get ahead and succeed.  Families here want a fair shake: well-paying jobs, affordable health care, a clean environment, quality education, and dignity in retirement. They want to know they can leave more for their children than they themselves had – that the American Dream is alive and well. My constituents want to put food on the table and fuel in the car, cover their mortgage payment, and send their kids to college or trade school without going broke.

 

From my first day in Congress, I’ve made these shared priorities the focus of my work. I will continue pushing for sensible, responsible policy solutions that bolster the middle class, create jobs, lower the cost of housing and health care, and strengthen Medicare and Social Security for future generations. And I will continue working to empower young people by advancing bold policies that protect our environment and invest in education.

 

In the current Congress, I authored the GREEN Act, the most sweeping climate policy ever to pass the House of Representatives and the flagship climate policy of President Biden’s agenda. As chairman of the Select Revenues Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, I advanced the Child Tax Credit, a tax cut for working families with children that has already significantly reduced child poverty in the months since it was first enacted. And, as Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I authored legislation to help reduce gun violence and save lives, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote.

 

The past two years have been challenging for all of us. The COVID-19 global pandemic is an unprecedented test, one that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives, has repeatedly pushed our health care system to the brink, and has disrupted our economy in every conceivable way. Congress stepped in and moved swiftly to enact policies to help save our economy and put us on a path to crush to virus.

 

We have a shared commitment to our great country: because we share the responsibility of building and maintaining a great nation, we share in its challenges and we share in its successes. We are in this together and I will continue to fight for our district in Congress.

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