Above, Tommy Thompson in 2001 taken while serving as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Tommy Thompson - United States politician; born Tommy George Thompson on November 19, 1941 in Elroy, Wisconsin. Known for being the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin (having been elected to an unprecedented four terms) and serving as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under the George W. Bush adminstration.
Thompson earned his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1963 and 1966, respectively. While in law school, Thompson was elected chairman of the Madison Young Republicans.
Immediately after completing law school in 1966, Thompson ran for the Wisconsin State Assembly beating an incumbent Republican Assemblyman, won then election and went on to serve in the Wisconsin State Assembly for 21 years (1966–1987) . During this time, Thompson also enlisted in the National Guard (1969) where he served six years. Thompson then served in the Army Reserves for another four years obtaining the final rank of captain.
Thompson was elected the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001 — the longest serving governor in the state's history.
Thompson left the governorship when he was appointed HHS (Health and Human Services) Secretary by President George W. Bush. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 24, 2001 and served as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services until January 26, 2005.
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Thompson speaking at the 2004 HealthierUS summit.
Above: President William J. Clinton Greeting Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson on July 27, 1993. While governor, Thompson was appointed to the Amtrak Board of Directors by President Bill Clinton, served as chairman, and had an Amtrak locomotive named for him from 2001 through 2006.