Bennie (Bennie) G. Thompson (D-USH02)
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Capitol: 202.225.5876
FAX: 202.225.5898
District: 601.866.9003
District FAX: 601.866.9036
Room 2466 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-2402

Residence: Bolton, MS
Elected: 1993    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: London Johnson   DOB: 1/28/1948
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Gaming and Entertaining Caucus
ChairmanHouse Committee on Homeland Security
Co-ChairCongressional Task Force on Election Security
Co-ChairInterstate 69 Congressional Caucus (I-69)
Co-ChairCongressional Morocco Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rice Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Rock and Roll Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Business Owners Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Battlefield Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Colombia
FC MemberCongressional Financial Security and Life Insurance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Peanut Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Housing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Robotics Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
Vice ChairCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberHouse Rural Education Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caribbean Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fraternal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Natural Gas Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Working Forests Caucus
FC MemberTennessee Valley Authority Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Global Health Caucus
FC MemberNorthern Border Caucus
FC MemberNational Heritage Area Caucus
FC MemberHouse Diversity and Innovation Caucus
FC MemberGerman-American Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biotechnology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Urban Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus


Congressman Thompson has spent his entire life giving a voice to the voiceless. The Congressman's lifelong public service record is a testament to his unwavering dedication to fulfil and exceed the expectations of the constituents of the Second Congressional District of Mississippi. A native of rural Bolton, Mississippi, Thompson has always been aware of the realities that plague the South. Viewing the experiences his family endured first hand became the catalyst for his passion for those who were oftentimes underserved.

Congressman Thompson is a product of the Hinds County School District. After graduation, he earned a Bachelor of Science from Tougaloo College and a Master of Science from Jackson State University. While pursuing his education, Thompson began to cultivate his passion for grassroots political activism. A product of the Civil Rights movement, Thompson joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and helped to organize voter registration drives for African-Americans in the Mississippi Delta. After graduating from college, Thompson followed in the footsteps of his mother and worked as a schoolteacher. It was during this time that he began to aggressively pursue a career in politics.

Thompson served as alderman from 1968 to 1972, and went on to serve as mayor from 1973 to 1980, both in his hometown of Bolton. As mayor and founding member and President of the Mississippi Association of Black Mayors, he initiated policies and provided services that benefited the underserved citizens of his hometown. In his capacity as mayor, Thompson made improved the water and sewer systems, paved streets, renovated dilapidated houses, spearheaded the construction of city hall, and re-evaluated the town's real estate to reflect accurate values.

From 1980 to 1993, Thompson served as a Hinds County Supervisor and was the founding member and President of the state's Association of Black Supervisors. Thompson's reputation for being a pragmatic local public servant afforded him an opportunity to be the vocal champion for his constituents. Thompson's years of dedication and service to those constituents lead them to elect him to Congress in 1993 to represent the Second District of Mississippi.

Congressman Thompson has served the Second Congressional District since 1993. He is the longest-serving African-American elected official in the state of Mississippi. He is also the only Democrat in the Mississippi Congressional Delegation. Thompson's stellar voting record is indicative of his determination to be an activist for reform. In 2000, Thompson authored legislation creating the National Center for Minority Health and Health Care Disparities, which subsequently became law. Thompson also received a Presidential appointment to serve on the National Council on Health Planning and Development.

In August 2005, the state of Mississippi was severely damaged by the natural disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Congressman Thompson aggressively advocated for disaster relief improvements within government agencies, and provided oversight to ensure that federal funds were properly allocated for Gulf Coast recovery.

In 2006, during the 109th Congress, Thompson's Washington colleagues expressed their overwhelming confidence in his abilities, and selected him to serve as the first Democratic Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. As Chairman, Congressman Thompson introduced and engineered House passage of the most comprehensive homeland security package since September 11, 2001 - H.R. 1, the "9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007." Congressman Thompson has served on the Agriculture, Budget and Small Business Committees. Each day, Congressman Thompson works to level the playing field. Thompson employs a progressive, yet realistic, approach to overcome the disparities and be the unabashed champion for civil rights, equal education, and healthcare reform for Mississippi.

Congressman Thompson is a lifelong member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Bolton, Mississippi. He married his college sweetheart, London Johnson of Mound Bayou, Mississippi in 1968, they remain happily married to this day. The couple has one daughter BendaLonne, one granddaughter, Jeanna, and one grandson, Thomas Gordon. Congressman Thompson is an avid outdoorsman. He also enjoys gardening, reading, and listening to blues music.

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