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ENG: Charles Michael "Mike" Thompson (born January 24, 1951) is the U.S. Representative for California's 5th congressional district and cuurent Chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties as well as parts of Yolo and Sonoma Counties. Early life, education and career Thompson was born in St. Helena, California, the son of Beverly Ann (née Forni) and Charles Edward Thompson. His father had English ancestry and his mother was of mostly Italian and some Swiss descent. He was educated at California State University, Chico, served in Vietnam with the United States Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade, was a vineyard owner and maintenance supervisor, taught Public ...
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Thompson Announces $1 Mil. in Fed. Funding for Yurok Center

Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding two grants totaling $1.08 million in federal funding to assist the Yurok Tribe of Del Norte County to build a visitor center to highlight its culture as part of a Yurok Scenic Byways management plan. The funds will go toward building a 2,500 square foot visitor center and developing its Yurok Scenic Byways Corridor Management Plan. “The Yurok Scenic Byways Management Plan and Visitor Center will allow the Yurok Tribe a public way to showcase the cultural, natural, scenic and ...

The congressman from Wine Country

The local wine industry's biggest names — and boldest blends — were gathered here one afternoon in February for the annual auction that is the Napa equivalent of the Academy Awards. There, pouring wine along with well-known figures like Tim Mondavi, was another industry celebrity: Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena. Thompson, whose district encompasses much of the North Coast's Wine Country, is not only the industry's foremost champion in Washington, helping it secure tax breaks, get money for pet projects like the Napa Valley Wine Train or beat back restrictions on direct ...

Congressman Mike Thompson seeks re-election

Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) today announced that he will seek re-election from his life-long home in the reshaped Fifth Congressional district. California Congressional district maps, drawn by a voter approved independent commission, were certified as final and formally presented to the California Secretary of State today. The maps could be challenged in court or by voters, but most observers believe these will be the new districts. If these are the final Congressional district maps, Rep. Thompson will run from his home in the new Fifth Congressional District."It has been an honor to ...

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Northern California and Bay Area Representatives George Miller (CA-11), Mike Thompson (CA-5), Doris Matsui (CA-6), John Garamendi (CA-3), Jerry McNerney (CA-9), and Anna Eshoo (CA-18) today issued the following statement after legislation aimed to help West Coast farmers and communities during drought conditions was introduced in the U.S. Senate: “While the plan put forward today is a huge improvement from the disingenuous and deeply flawed legislation pushed through the House of Representatives last week by Rep. Valadao, we can still do much better. Particularly troubling in the new Senate bill are aspects that threaten the Northern California environment, economy, and may override protections for critically endangered species like salmon. We appreciate the Senators’ efforts to address the many problems intensified by the drought in California and the West Coast, and we look forward to working with them to change their legislation in such a way to protect the interests of all Cal
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today released the following video statement on Black History Month. A full transcript are below.Video can be seen here. “Hi, I’m Mike Thompson.  “This February, I hope you’ll join our community in celebrating Black History Month by recognizing a defining moment in our nation’s history:  the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. “This legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. “No longer could anyone be denied a seat at a lunch counter, a sip of water from a public fountain or the opportunity to go to a certain school because of the color of their skin. “The Civil Rights Act was a giant step towards equality in America. But even 50 years later, there is still a lot of work to be done. “As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recognized, inequality in America wasn’t limited to racial segregation, it also included economic injustices, which continue today. "What good doe
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) announced today the launch of the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academic competition, known as the House App Challenge, for the 5th Congressional District. Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this nationwide competition invites high school students from all participating congressional districts to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. It is designed to promote innovation and engagement in the STEM education fields. “This is an excellent opportunity for students in our communities to further their interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Thompson. “Estimates show 8.5 million STEM jobs will be created in the next decade, but they also show the United States will face a shortage of one million STEM graduates. That’s why the House App Contest is so important. STEM is
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today voted against the House Majority’s California water bill, H.R. 3964. The legislation would allow water to be pumped south from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for as long as water is available, and it would undo the San Joaquin River restoration, an agreement to reconnect the river with the Pacific Ocean and reintroduce salmon flows. Thompson spoke in opposition to H.R. 3964 today on the House floor. Text of his remarks is below and video can be seen here . The legislation passed the House by a vote of 229-191. It is not expected to be considered by the Senate and President Obama’s advisers have said that they would recommend a veto if it reached his desk.   “Thank you Madam Chair. “Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong opposition to this bill – a bill that would destroy jobs, does nothing to address the real problem, the drought, and ignores more than twenty years of established science. “What’s the bill do?

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