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Bennie Thompson (D)
|Leadership:||No leadership position|
|Committees:||House Committee on Homeland Security|
|(subcommittees and past assignments)|
| Next election: Nov. 6, 2012
Primary challenge: No
Incumbent running: Yes
2012 candidates for MS-02
|Confirmed:||Bill Marcy, Cobby Williams, Lajena Williams, Bennie Thompson|
|Possible:||None so far|
|Out:||None so far|
|(more info & editing for MS-02)|
Bennie G. Thompson has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from the 2nd District of Mississippi since 1993. The district includes most of Jackson and is the only majority-black district in the state.
Record and controversies
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Thompson voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
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National security and foreign policy
Rep. Thompson introduced the first bill of the 110th Congress in the House (H.R.1), focused on implementing recommendations originally put forward by the 9/11 commission, as part of the Democrats "First 100 Hours" agenda. Specifically, the bill included calls to:
- Scrutinize all air-borne cargo (within three years) and all ship-borne cargo (within five years)
- Send more federal aid to areas of the country at the greatest risk of a terrorist attack
- Improve emergency communications
- Fight nuclear proliferation overseas
- Strengthen a civil liberties watchdog board
Bennie G. Thompson (born January 28, 1948) is a native of Bolton and served as an alderman, then mayor of that city and he was next elected to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. In 1975, Thompson became one of the original plantiffs in the Ayers Case which concerned the adequate funding of predominantly black educational institutes in Mississippi. He is married to the former London Johnson of Mound Bayou, Mississippi and has one daughter, BendaLonne, and one granddaughter, Jenna.
A special election was held in April 1993 for the 2nd Congressional seat of Mississippi due to the resignation of incumbent Mike Espy to become Secretary of Agriculture under President Clinton. Thompson handily won that election and subsequently was re-elected several times overwhelmingly. However, in 2002 and 2004, Republican Clinton LeSueur managed to win at least 40 percent of the vote.
Thompson is currently the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security.
Money in politics
This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.
|Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle|
|Donor||Amount (US Dollars)|
|American Crystal Sugar||$ 10,000|
|Deloitte LLP||$ 10,000|
|Entergy Corp||$ 10,000|
|FedEx Corp||$ 10,000|
|Honeywell International||$ 10,000|
|Ironworkers Union||$ 10,000|
|Monsanto Co||$ 10,000|
|National Beer Wholesalers Assn||$ 10,000|
|National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn||$ 10,000|
|Norfolk Southern||$ 10,000|
|Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.|
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
|Links to more campaign contribution information for Bennie Thompson
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
|Fundraising profile:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
|Top contributors by organization/corporation:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
|Top contributors by industry:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
- Revolving door profile for Bennie Thompson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Bennie Thompson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Bennie Thompson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counter Terrorism
- Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response
- Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology
- Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment
- Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight
- Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection
Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)
- House Committee on Homeland Security -Chair
- Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism -Ex Officio
- Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response -Ex Officio
- Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology -Ex Officio
- Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment -Ex Officio
- Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight -Ex Officio
- Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection -Ex Officio
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on Homeland Security - Ranking Member
Coalitions and Caucuses
- Congressional Black Caucus
- Congressional Progressive Caucus
- Congressional Rural Caucus
- Congressional Sunbelt Caucus
- Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
- Gaming Caucus
- Ranking Member, Homeland Security Committee
- Tennessee Valley Authority Caucus
Boards and other Affiliations
- Life Member, Asbury United Methodist Church in Bolton
- Congressional Children's Working Group
- National Guard and Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization.
More Background Data
|On the Web|
Articles and Resources
- Official website
- Thompson Took Abramoff-paid Trip to Marianas by R. Jeffrey Smith, Washington Post, 5/4/05
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
Local blogs and discussion sites
Semantic data ()
|From the Sunlight Foundation API|
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
|Title: Rep||First name: Bennie||Middle name: G.||Last name: Thompson|
|Party: D||State: MS||District:
02 District short: 2
|Currently in office? True|
|Phone: 202-225-5876||Fax: 202-225-5898||Website: http://benniethompson.house.gov||Webform email: https://forms.house.gov/benniethompson/contact-form.shtml|
|DC office: 2466 Rayburn House Office Building|
|Bioguide ID: T000193||Votesmart ID: 26929||FEC ID: H4MS02068||Govtrack ID: 400402|
|CRP ID: N00003288||Eventful ID:||Old Sunlight ID:||Twitter ID: BennieGThompson|
|OpenCongress Wiki URL: http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Bennie_Thompson||YouTubeID: http://youtube.com/RepBennieThompson||Senate class:|
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
Ranking Member On:
|First Elected to Current Office:
April 13, 1993
|First Took Current Office:
April 13, 1993
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
Hinds County Supervisor, Mayor of Bolton, Bolton Board of Aldermen
|Other Party Membership:|
Date of Birth: January 28, 1948
April 13, 1993