Tommy G. Thompson is a former United States Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary 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 health care 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.
From 2005 until 2009, Governor Thompson served as a senior advisor at the consulting firm Deloitte and Touche USA LLP and was the founding independent chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, which researches and develops solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing health care and public health related challenges. From 2005 to early 2012, Governor Thompson served as a senior partner at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld LLP. Governor Thompson served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Logistics Health, Inc. from January 2011 to May 2011, and served as President from February 2005 to January 2011. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the following public companies: CareView Communications, Inc., as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Centene Corporation, C.R. Bard, Inc., United Therapeutics Corporation, Cytori Therapeutics, Inc. and TherapeuticsMD, Inc.
Governor 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. Governor Thompson has dedicated his professional life to public service and served as Governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001. Governor Thompson made state history when he was re-elected to office for a third term in 1994 and a fourth term in 1998.
Governor 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. Governor 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. In addition, Governor Thompson received Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year Award, and the Horatio Alger Award in 1998. Governor Thompson has also served as Chairman of the National Governors’ Association, the Education Commission of the States and the Midwestern Governors’ Conference. Governor Thompson also served in the Wisconsin National Guard and the Army Reserve. Governor Thompson received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.