Bennie Thompson

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Bennie Thompson ()
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Committees: House Committee on Homeland Security
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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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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Iraq War

Thompson voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

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
Main article: Congressional efforts to implement recommendations of the 9/11 commission



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.

Congressional Career

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.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Yvonne Rayford Brown to face Thompson in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Thompson retained his seat.

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
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Crawford Group$ 10,250
Air Line Pilots Assn$ 10,000
American Assn for Justice$ 10,000
American Crystal Sugar$ 10,000
Deloitte LLP$ 10,000
Entergy Corp$ 10,000
FedEx Corp$ 10,000
Honeywell International$ 10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$ 10,000
Ironworkers Union$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' 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' 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

Committees and Affiliations


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)

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

Wikipedia also has an article on Bennie Thompson. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2466 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5876 Fax: 202-225-5898
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District offices
  • 263 East Main Street, PO Box 356, Marks, MS 38646
    Ph: 662-326-9003 Fax: (none entered)
  • 3607 Medgar Evers Boulevard, Jackson, MS 39213
    Ph: 601-946-9003 Fax: (none entered)
  • Mound Bayou City Hall, Room 134, 106 West Green Street, Mound Bayou, MS 38762
    Ph: 662-741-9003 Fax: (none entered)
  • 910 Courthouse Lane, Greenville, MS 38701
    Ph: 662-335-9003 Fax: (none entered)
  • 107 West Madison Street, Bolton, MS 39041
    Ph: 800-355-9003 Fax: (none entered)
  • 509 Highway 82 West, Greenwood, MS 38930
    Ph: 662-455-9003 Fax: (none entered)
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