Tommy G. Thompson advises clients in a strategic advisory capacity* on issues relating to health care and, more generally, on issues facing the business community.

Practice & Background

Tommy G. Thompson is a former U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary and four-term governor of Wisconsin. Gov. Thompson began his extensive career in public service in 1966 as a representative in Wisconsin’s state assembly, later being elected assistant assembly minority leader in 1973 and assembly minority leader in 1981. Gov. Thompson was previously a partner with Akin Gump from 2005 to early 2012.

While serving as HHS Secretary, Gov. Thompson served as the nation’s leading advocate for the health and welfare of all Americans. As Secretary, among other achievements, Gov. Thompson led the Bush administration’s efforts to pass the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003. A leading advocate of welfare reform, he also focused on expanding services to seniors, the disabled and low-income Americans.

As governor of Wisconsin, Gov. Thompson was best known for his efforts to revitalize the Wisconsin economy, his national leadership on welfare reform and his work in expanding health care access across all segments of society.

Since his term in public office, Gov. Thompson has dedicated himself to building on his efforts as HHS Secretary and governor to develop innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing both businesses and organizations of various stripes, as well as governmental agencies at the local, state and federal level. These efforts have focused 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.

Gov. Thompson is also well-known for his contributions to the U.S. response to the threat of bioterrorism and for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States and abroad. He is chairman emeritus of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Gov. Thompson’s depth of experience encompasses advising an array of businesses, organizations and nonprofits on issues related to policy, governance, strategy and more. This includes serving as co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Health Strategy Group and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as service on the board of directors of Centene Corporation; C.R. Bard, Inc.; United Therapeutics Corporation; Physicians Realty Trust; and TherapeuticsMD, Inc.

Gov. Thompson has received numerous awards for his public service, including the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Public Service Award, Governing magazine’s Public Official of the Year Award and the Horatio Alger Award, which is awarded annually to “dedicated community leaders who demonstrate individual initiative and a commitment to excellence—as exemplified by remarkable achievements accomplished through honesty, hard work, self-reliance, and perseverance.”

Gov. Thompson received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

*Please note that Gov. Thompson is not a member or an employee of the firm. He is available for advisory services to clients of the firm.