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Rep. Mike Thompson (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-3311

Address: 231 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (707) 226-9898

Address: 1040 Main Street, Napa CA 94559-2605

Vallejo CA

Phone: (707) 645-1888

Fax: (707) 645-1870

Address: 985 Walnut Avenue, Vallejo CA 94592

Santa Rosa CA

Phone: (707) 542-7182

Fax: (707) 542-2745

Address: 2300 County Center Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95403

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Mike Thompson Biography
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  • Elected: 1998, 8th term.
  • District: California 5
  • Born: Jan. 24, 1951, St. Helena
  • Home: St. Helena
  • Education: CA St. U., B. A. 1982, M. A. 1996.
  • Professional Career: Supervisor, Beringer Winery; CA Assembly fellow, 1982-83; Chief of staff, CA Assemblyman Lou Papan, 1984-87; Chief of staff, CA Assemblywoman Jackie Speier, 1987-90.
  • Military Career: Army, 1969-73 (Vietnam).
  • Political Career: CA Senate, 1990-98.
  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Family: Married (Janet); 2 children

Democrat Mike Thompson, first elected in 1998, has a moderate voting record that is among the least liberal of coastal Californians. But he is a trusted ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a prodigious fundraiser for his party, and a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Read More

Democrat Mike Thompson, first elected in 1998, has a moderate voting record that is among the least liberal of coastal Californians. But he is a trusted ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a prodigious fundraiser for his party, and a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

Thompson grew up in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena, dropped out of high school, served in the Army in Vietnam, and earned a Purple Heart. Later, he got a bachelor’s and master’s degree from what is now California State University, Chico. He owned a vineyard and worked as a maintenance supervisor for Beringer, a big winery in the valley. From 1984 to 1990, he was the chief of staff to two Bay Area state Assembly members. In 1990, he was elected to the state Senate, where he chaired the Budget Committee. In 1998, he ran for the U.S. House seat of Republican Frank Riggs, who planned to challenge Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer that year. Thompson faced only weak opposition and had support from almost every interest group that matters in the district: unions, medical providers, vintners, oil and timber interests, environmental advocates, law enforcement groups, and fishermen. His issue stands—opposition to oil drilling off the California coast, support of abortion rights and the death penalty—were broadly popular. He won the primary 78%-22% and the general election 62%-33%. He has not been seriously challenged since then.

In the House, Thompson joined both the New Democrats and the Blue Dog Coalition of conservative Democrats. He is among the members of his party who agree with Republicans on the need to abolish the estate tax, which he said unfairly burdens family farms. With Republican Rep. George Radanovich of California, he started the Congressional Wine Caucus, and wineries such as Gallo and Sutter Home have been among his largest campaign contributors. His leadership political action committee, the Victory in November Election PAC (VINE PAC), has raised at least $260,000 in each of the last four election cycles. For the past several years, Thompson and the caucus have battled lawmakers allied with beer and alcohol wholesalers over a bill giving states new power to restrict sales over the Internet.

When a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill in March 2011 aimed at ensuring state governments maintain their ability to regulate alcohol under the 21st Amendment, Thompson warned the bill would allow states to pass laws effectively banning direct shipping of spirits. “The federal government has no business picking winners and losers in the wine, beer, and distilled spirits industry,” he said. The measure did not pass. In 2009, Thompson added provisions to a solar technology bill aimed at preventing thefts of solar panels at wineries, a growing problem in the Napa Valley. He also joined GOP Rep. Ted Poe of Texas on a proposal in 2012 aimed at making it more attractive for private capital to invest in renewable energy.

In November 2012, Thompson was given the party honor of re-nominating Pelosi as minority leader before the Democratic caucus, and she later named Thompson, a hunter and former chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, to head a House Democratic task force to develop a response on gun issues following the deadly school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Earlier, she tapped him to coordinate redistricting efforts for Democrats following the 2010 census. His duties eventually expanded to include fundraising. Politico reported in March 2011 that he urged Democratic colleagues to give to a Democratic group for redistricting fights, and the source of those donations would not be publicly disclosed. He and Pelosi obtained Ethics Committee waivers to raise money for the group, the National Democratic Redistricting Trust.

In 2003, Thompson got a seat on Ways and Means. On the powerful panel, he was able to enact a tax break for landowners who place their land under conservation easements, a way to preserve farmland. In 2007, he sponsored the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights, which requires airlines to provide basic necessities, like food, water, and well-ventilated facilities, when flights are delayed for long periods. Although it stalled in Congress, the Obama administration issued a rule modeled after the legislation in 2010, and it eventually was included in a 2012 bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. After Republicans talked up increased domestic oil drilling, Thompson proposed a ban on drilling along California’s North Coast, saying it makes little sense economically or environmentally.

On the Intelligence Committee, Thompson sponsored a successful addition to the 2008 defense bill that cracked down on abuses by private contractors in Iraq and expanded the authority of a special inspector general. In 2011, he called for intelligence and law enforcement agencies to work together on a coordinated strategy for marijuana illegally grown on U.S. public lands, a particular problem in his district.

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Mike Thompson Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Mike Thompson (D)
Votes: 202,872
Percent: 74.47%
Randy Loftin (R)
Votes: 69,545
Percent: 25.53%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Mike Thompson (D)
Votes: 95,748
Percent: 72.2%
Randy Loftin (R)
Votes: 22,137
Percent: 16.69%
Stewart Cilley (R)
Votes: 14,734
Percent: 11.11%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (63%), 2008 (68%), 2006 (66%), 2004 (67%), 2002 (64%), 2000 (65%), 1998 (62%)
Mike Thompson Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 91 (L) : - (C) 79 (L) : 19 (C) 67 (L) : 32 (C)
Social 77 (L) : 23 (C) 71 (L) : 28 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 90 (L) : 6 (C) 93 (L) : - (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 88.2 (L) : 11.8 (C) 82.7 (L) : 17.3 (C) 83.8 (L) : 16.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC00
LCV9197
CFG1117
ITIC-75
NTU2018
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ACLU-100
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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