Bennie Gordon Thompson, also known as Bennie Thompson, is an American politician who has served in the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing Mississippi’s 2nd congressional district. Thompson, a Democrat, has served as the chair of the Committee on Homeland Security since 2019 and previously from 2007 to 2011. He was the first African American and the first Democrat to chair the committee. He is Mississippi’s congressional delegation’s dean.
Bennie Thompson Biography:
Bennie Thompson was born on January 28, 1948, in Bolton, Mississippi, and has lived there his entire life. He attended Hinds County public schools before graduating from Tougaloo College with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1968 and a master’s degree in educational management from Jackson State University in 1973. Thompson was a Madison, Mississippi, schoolteacher. He was elected to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1993 after serving as an alderman (1969–1973) and then-mayor of Bolton (1973–1980).
Thompson, Bennie Estimated Net Worth:
Bennie Thompson is one of the wealthiest and most popular members of Congress in the United States. According to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider, Bennie Thompson’s net worth is $1.5 million.
|BENNIE THOMPSON NET WORTH & SALARY|
|Net Worth||$1.5 Million|
|Source of Income||U.S. Representative|
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Bennie Thompson Career:
Thompson ran in the special election to succeed Mike Espy, who resigned from the United States House of Representatives in Mississippi’s 2nd congressional district to become Secretary of Agriculture. In the March 30, 1993, primary election, he came in second behind Republican Hayes Dent with 28 percent of the vote, with five other Democrats splitting the vote. He then defeated Dent in a runoff election on April 13 with 55 percent of the vote. He was re-elected to the seat in 1994 and has been re-elected 12 times since then. Only twice has he encountered significant opposition, when journalist Clinton LeSueur held him to 55% in 2002 and 58 percent in 2004.
Thompson has served as the sole Democrat in Mississippi’s congressional delegation since 2011. His district encompasses the bulk of Jackson and is the state’s only majority-black district. It stretches for around 275 miles (443 kilometers) and is 180 miles (290 kilometers) wide, bordering the Mississippi River. The Mississippi Delta makes up the lion’s share of the district.
Thompson served as the Democratic National Convention’s Permanent Chair in 2020. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Thompson on February 16, 2021, charging Donald Trump with instigating violence on January 6 at the US Capitol assault. The action was filed three days after Trump was cleared of inciting the violence in which one person, Ashli Babbitt, died in the second Senate impeachment trial. Following Trump’s acquittal, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said in a speech that he voted to acquit Trump because he believes the Senate cannot prosecute a former president, but he encouraged Trump to face legal action, stating, “We have a criminal justice system in this country.”
There is civil litigation going on. And neither one is immune from holding former presidents accountable.” Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, as well as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, are named as defendants in the case. The lawsuit claims that Trump, Giuliani, and the hate groups violated the 1871 Third Enforcement Act by stopping Congress from carrying out its constitutional obligations “by the use of force, intimidation, and menace” in 2021 the United States Electoral College vote count (also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act).
Bonnie Thompson Personal Life:
Bonnie Thompson has a daughter, BendaLonne, a granddaughter, Jeanna, and a grandson, Thomas, and is married to London Thompson of Mound Bayou, Mississippi. He is a lifetime member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Bolton and a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity (Gamma Rho – Tougaloo College).