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Thompson, Tommy G. 1941 | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Thompson, Tommy G. 1941

Thompson, Tommy G. 1941 | Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin's longest-serving governor and leader of the state's late-20th century Republican resurgence. His entry in the 1999-2000 Blue Book follows here. View more information elsewhere at

(Rep.): Born Elroy, November 19, 1941; married; 3 children. B.S. UW-Madison 1963; J.D. 1966. Attorney. Served in U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard. Member: Juneau Co. Republican Party; State Bar of Wis.; Juneau Co. Bar Assn. Former member: Jaycees. Juneau Co. Board 1971-74. Former state representative. Elected governor 1986; reelected 1990, 1994 and 1998. Member: State of Wisconsin Building Comn. (chp.); Transportation Projects Comn. (chp.); Council of State Governments (pres. 1999); Amtrak Board of Directors (chp. 1998); Amtrak Reform Board (chp.); National Governors' Assn. (chp. 1995-96), its Executive Com. (pres. 1997) and its Center for Best Practices (chp. 1997); Center for Clean Air Policy (bd. of dir.); Republican Governors' Assn. (chp. 1991-92) and its Executive Com. (1997-present); Council of Great Lakes Governors (chp. 1989-92); Great Lakes Protection Fund (bd. of dir.); Midwest Governors' Assn. (chp. 1989-91) and its Executive Com. (1997); Education Comn. of the States (chp. 1995-96); Governors' Ethanol Coalition (chp. 1996); Governors' Ethanol Coalition International (chp. 1997); National Education Goals Panel. Recipient: American Legislative Exchange Council's Thomas Jefferson Award 1991; City and State Magazine's Most Valuable Public Official; The Free Congress Foundation's Governance Award; Governing Magazine's Public Official of the Year Award 1997; Horatio Alger Foundation's Horatio Alger Distinguished American Award 1998. Elected to Assembly 1966-84. Minority Leader 1985 (also 1983, 1981 eff. 12/18/81); Asst. Minority Leader 1973-81; 1971 Minority Caucus Vice Chp. Biennial committee assignments: 1985 -- Select Com. on the Future of the UW System (vice chp.); Assembly Organization (also 1981-83); Rules (also 1973-83); Jt. Com. on Employment Relations (also 1983, 1981 eff. 12/18/81); Jt. Com. on Legis. Organization (also 1973-83); Legislative Council (also 1983, 1981 eff. 12/18/81) and its Com. on Interstate Banking (eff. 1/3/85); Disability Bd. (also 1983, 1981, eff. 12/18/81). 1983 -- Economic Development (resigned 10/25/83); Wis. Housing and Economic Development Authority (also 1981); Interstate Cooperation Comn. (also 1981, eff. 12/18/81). 1981 -- Children and Human Development (resigned 4/2/81); Judiciary (resigned 1/21/82, mbr. 1979, 1977, 1973, 1971, 1967); Reapportionment (eff. 1/15/82); Jt. Com. for Review of Admin. Rules (also 1975-79, 1971, vice chp. 1967). Telephone: Office: (608) 266-1212. Fax: (608) 267-8983. Mailing address: Office: Room 125 South, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7863, Madison 53702. (Blue Book 1999-2000)

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The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Tommy G. Thompson Papers for details. See also his gubernatorial papers.

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[Source: Blue book]