Fred Dalton Thompson

By | Jun 1, 2007

1.    Fred Thompson was born on August 19, 1942 in Sheffield, Alabama to Ruth Bradley and Fletcher Thompson. He attended the public schools in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. He earned a degree in philosophy and political science in 1964 and went on to earn his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1967.

2.    Thompson was admitted to the State Bar of Tennessee in 1967. He worked as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1969 to 1972. He was the campaign manager for Republican U.S. Senator Howard Baker’s re-election in 1972. He later served as co-chief counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee in its investigation of the Watergate scandal, (1973–1974).

3.    Thompson began a film career by playing himself in the movie Marie. Based on the 1977 Ray Blanton-Tennessee Parole Board scandal that toppled Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton on charges of selling pardons.

4.    In 1993 Thompson was elected to finish the remaining two years on Al Gore’s Senate term.  He easily won.  He was elected to a full term in 1996 with an even bigger margin of victory.

5.    Upon his decision to not run for a 2nd full Senate term he took the job as District Attorney Arthur Branch on the TV series Law and Order.  In 2002 he married attorney and a political media consultant Jeri Kehn. They have two children.  Thompson also has two children and five grandchildren from his first marriage.

6.    In late May 2007 he was released from his commitment to the NBC show Law and Order.  The USA Today reports that he has already raised millions of dollars and will use the 4th of July holiday to make his announcement.


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