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THOMPSON, Bennie, A Representative from Mississippi; born in Bolton, Hinds County, Miss., January 28, 1948; B.A., Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Miss., 1968; M.S., Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss., 1972; teacher; member of the Bolton, Miss., board of aldermen, 1969-1973; Mayor of Bolton, Miss., 1973-1979; member of the Hinds County, Miss., board of supervisors, 1980-1993; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Third Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Alphonso Michael (Mike) Espy, and reelected to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (April 13, 1993-present); chair, Committee on Homeland Security (One Hundred Tenth, One Hundred Eleventh, One Hundred Sixteenth, and One Hundred Seventeenth Congresses); chair, Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol (One Hundred Seventeenth Congress).

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Southern Mississippi
Mississippi Oral History Program

Hattiesburg, MS
Oral History: 1990, 21 leaves. An oral history with Mayor Bennie G. Thompson / interviewer: Chester Morgan. The interview was recorded in Bolton, Mississippi, on February 13, 1974.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

"Bennie Thompson" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Agriculture
  • House Committee - Budget
  • House Committee - Homeland Security - Chair
  • House Committee - Merchant Marine and Fisheries
  • House Committee - Select Committee on Homeland Security
  • House Committee - Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol - Chair
  • House Committee - Small Business
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