Tommy G. Thompson is a former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and four-term Governor of Wisconsin.
Following his term in public office, he built on his efforts as HHS Secretary and Governor to develop innovative solutions to the healthcare challenges facing American families, businesses, communities, states and the nation as a whole. These efforts focus on improving the use of information technology in hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices; promoting healthier lifestyles; strengthening and modernizing Medicare and Medicaid; and expanding the use of medical diplomacy around the world.
Secretary Thompson served as HHS Secretary from 2001 to 2005 and is one of the nation’s leading advocates for the health and welfare of all Americans. He has dedicated his professional life to public service and served as Governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001, making state history when he was re-elected to office for a third term in 1994 and a fourth term in 1998.
Secretary Thompson began his career in public service in 1966 as a representative in Wisconsin’s State Assembly. He was elected Assistant Assembly Minority Leader in 1973 and Assembly Minority Leader in 1981. Secretary Thompson has received numerous awards for his public service, including the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Public Service Award and the Friend of Zion Award. In 1997, the Secretary received Governing’s Public Official of the Year Award, and the following year was presented with the Horatio Alger Award for exemplifying dedication, purpose, and perseverance in his personal life. He was chairman of the National Governors Association, the Education Commission of the States, and the Midwestern Governors’ Conference. Secretary Thompson also served in the Wisconsin National Guard and the Army Reserve.