Thompson, John W.

District town: Manchester

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Election history: He was elected in 1986 on a ticket led by Gov. William A. O’Neill. In 2008, he was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.

2008 general election

John W. Thompson (D) 4,961 62 percent
John W. Thompson (WF) 353 4 percent
Cheri Ann Pelletier (R) 2,673 33 percent

Public financing: Thompson received $25,000 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. He returned $3,775.37 to the state.

Background: Only three current House members have served longer than Jack Thompson. He was the first chairman of the Select Committee on Children. Eight of the 18 bills he sponsored in 2009 were aimed at protecting children.

Thompson’s legislative career took a hit in 2004, when he backed his friend and long-time colleague on the Appropriations Committee, Rep. William R. Dyson, in a losing fight for House speaker. Dyson later retired. Thompson remains, though it is unclear if he will seek re-election in 2010.

Committees: Appropriations, Children, Human Services

Education: B.A., St. Michael’s College; M.A., University of Connecticut

Occupation: Management consultant

2008 Financial Disclosure: Thompson reported outside income from a pension and Social Security. He reported no consulting income. His wife, Carol Shanley, reported income from the Manchester Housing Authority, although she has since retired.

He has limited stock holdings, including an IRA.

He has no debts over $10,000.

A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000.