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Tommy Thompson
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Thompson circa 2001
19th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
February 2, 2001 – January 26, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Donna Shalala
Succeeded by Mike Leavitt
42nd Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 5, 1987 – February 1, 2001
Lieutenant Scott McCallum
Preceded by Tony Earl
Succeeded by Scott McCallum
Personal details
Born
Tommy George Thompson

November 19, 1941 (1941-11-19) (age 79)
Elroy, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sue Ann Mashak (1968–present)
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, Madison
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service United States Army seal United States Army
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain

Tommy George Thompson (born November 19, 1941) is an American Republican politician. He was a state legislator in Wisconsin, and 42nd Governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001.

Thompson is the longest serving governor in the state's history. During his term as governor he was the chairman of Amtrak, the nation's passenger rail service. He served as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2001 through 2005, appointed by George W. Bush.

After his time in the Bush Administration, Thompson was a partner with the law-firm Akin Gump and Chairman of Deloitte's global healthcare practice and has served on the board of 22 other organizations.

Thompson was a candidate for the U.S. Presidential election in 2008, though he withdrew from the race before the primaries.

In 2012, he was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate seat in Wisconsin, hoping to replace retiring Democrat Herb Kohl, but was defeated by Tammy Baldwin, making it his first statewide loss.


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