(Milwaukee, WI)— Due to overwhelming demand, reservations are closed for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Tommy G. Thompson’s first inauguration as Governor, the upcoming evening dinner gala to be held at the Wisconsin Club on September 18th featuring United States Speaker Paul Ryan.
“The overwhelming response to the September 18th celebration reflects the appreciation of the people of Wisconsin for our state’s longest serving governor,” said James Klauser, Chairman of the [email protected] effort and former Secretary of Administration for Gov. Thompson. “Regretfully, we cannot take any additional reservations.”
In an effort to address demand, a waiting list has been created and will be utilized in the case of availability. Parties interested in being added to the event waiting list should e-mail the Michelle Litjens at [email protected].
The celebration will feature guest appearances from former legislative colleagues, members of the Thompson team and family, video features and most-importantly a room full of enthusiastic supporters.
In 1986 Thompson, as the minority leader and a 21-year member of the Assembly, decided to challenge then-Governor Tony Earl. Considered an underdog in a crowded GOP field, Thompson pulled off a surprising primary upset and effectively campaigned in the general election, unseating the incumbent by an unexpected 7-point margin. After his 1987 swearing-in, Thompson went on to earn national accolades as a policy innovator by championing the nation’s first school voucher program, by replacing welfare with the work-based W-2 program and by encouraging extraordinary job growth
At the request of President George W. Bush, in 2001 Thompson went on to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the nation’s largest agency. As secretary, Thompson lead the agency’s unprecedented response to the 9-11 tragedy, and championed key legislative victories like the popular prescription drug benefit, Medicare Part D. Thereafter, Thompson has enjoyed private sector successes and remains active on key public policy issues.
The year-long [email protected] project was launched by alumni and colleagues of Gov. Thompson, and will feature several high-profile events throughout the year. Many other Thompson administration alumni are also donating their time and talents to the project. Generous support from foundations, individuals and corporations are helping offset the costs associated with the academic papers, journalistic histories and the documentary. The Executive Director of the [email protected] project is former State Representative Michelle Litjens.