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Fred Thompson

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Fred Dalton Thompson is a Republican and former Senator from Tennessee. He was a Republican candidate for the presidency in 2008. He was born in Sheffield, Alabama on August 19, 1942 and attended public schools in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. When he was 17 years old, Thompson married Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey. They were divorced 25 years later, and Thompson has two surviving children and several grandchildren from that marriage. In 2002, one of his daughters died of a drug overdose. Later that year, he married Jeri Kehn, a Republican lawyer who is 25 years his junior. They have two children.

Thompson is a visiting fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, and he serves on the Advisory Board of the I. Lewis Libby Defense Fund. Thompson has said that he has a treatable form of lymphoma.


Legal Career

Thompson graduated from Memphis State University in 1964 and received a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1967. He worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney, then held a series of staff positions on U.S. Senate committees, including: the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (“Watergate Committee”) from 1973-1974.

Political Career

Thompson began his political career as an anti-union activist, after which he established his county's Young Republican club. He joined former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker's reelection campaign in 1972. Thompson was elected to the Senate in a 1994 special election to fill the seat left vacant after Al Gore was elected Vice-President. Thompson was re-elected in 1996, but did not seek reelection in 2002.


Post Watergate

Thompson was the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 1980-1981, and the Senate Intelligence Committee in 1982.

In 1977, he investigated a pardon-selling scandal that brought down former Governor Ray Blanton. He was also a counselor to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander in 1980.

Lobbying Career

Between his various jobs on Capitol Hill, Thompson worked for 18 years as a corporate lobbyist and registered foreign agent (lobbying for foreign companies).

Acting Career

Military Service

Religious Beliefs

Policy Statements



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This page was last modified 17:22, 26 January 2008 by dKosopedia user Corncam. Based on work by Owen Lars and dKosopedia user(s) Jfern, Allamakee Democrat, Roger and Brudny. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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