Bennie Thompson, U.S. Representative for Mississippi

Bennie Thompson

U.S. Representative for Mississippi

Bennie Gordon Thompson was born in January 1948 in Bolton, Mississippi. He earned an undergraduate degree from Tougaloo College and an M.S.S. from Jackson State University. He became a civil servant, beginning as an alderman and then mayor of Bolton before being elected to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. 

Thompson became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in April 1993 after winning a special election. 

He is married to London Johnson and they have one daughter and two grandchildren. He is a member of the United Methodist Church. 

In the News…

A subpoena issued by the committee investigating the events of January 6 at the Capitol falsely accused former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik of attending a secret meeting in Washington to allegedly discuss overturning the November 2020 election results on behalf of then-President Donald Trump. 

The chairman of that committee, Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi,  acknowledged the mistake in a communication to Kerik’s attorneys. Kerik could not have attended the meeting in Washington because he was in New York City due to a family emergency. 

In a footnote to a transmittal letter accompanying the subpoena, the committee had attributed the allegation to a book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, although the book made no such claim. The subpoena also cited two Washington Post articles. 

“We knew from the time that we received the subpoena that this was a false allegation, as Mr. Kerik never participated in any such meeting,” the lawyer wrote the committee, asking that its subpoena and press release be removed from public display on its website. “He wasn’t even in Washington DC, as he was in New York dealing with a family medical emergency. … While we knew at the time that the claim was false, we later found out that it was actually a fabrication.” The letter expressed concern over the basis for the subpoena that was issued, recommending those responsible for the fabrication be held accountable.  

No statement beyond the acknowledged error has come from Representative Thompson or his office. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Representative Thompson today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Bennie Thompson 
Representative for Mississippi 
2466 Rayburn House Office Building 
Washington, DC 20515 


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