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James Thompson
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37th Governor of Illinois
In office
January 10, 1977 – January 14, 1991
Lieutenant Dave O'Neal (1977–1981)
George Ryan (1983–1991)
Preceded by Daniel Walker
Succeeded by James Edgar
Personal details
Born May 8, 1936 (1936-05-08) (age 83)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Illinois at Chicago
Washington University in St. Louis
Northwestern University
Profession Lawyer

James Robert Thompson, Jr. (born May 8, 1936), also known as Big Jim Thompson, was the 37th and longest-serving Governor of the US state of Illinois, serving from 1977 to 1991. A Republican, Thompson was elected to four consecutive terms and held the office for 14 years. Many years after leaving public office, he served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission).

Thompson was born on May 8, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to a Swedish-American family. He studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago, at Washington University in St. Louis, and at Northwestern University. He is married to Jayne Ann Carr Thompson. They have one child.

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