MADISON (WKOW) -- Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, whose long political history in the state and has made him almost a household name, hopes to become the oldest person ever elected to a first term in the U.S. Senate from the Badger state.
Thompson served more than a decade as governor, leaving the job to serve as U.S. Health and Human Services Director under President George W. Bush. Before his stint as Wisconsin's longest-serving governor, Thompson was a long time Republican fixture in the state assembly.
The 70-year-old served in executive positions and on the boards of directors for several companies after leaving his federal post. His U.S. Senate opponent, Democratic congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, has criticized his role in the private sector, claiming he sided with large pharmaceutical interests, and bungled the delivery of benefits to 911 survivors as the head of a La Crosse-based firm.
But, Thompson has pointed to his record of accomplishment while in his various elected positions, including establishing a welfare-to-work track for those on government assistance, creating BadgerCare to get low-income individuals affordable health insurance, and facilitating the development of Medicare Part-D, a popular, federal prescription program.
If Thompson is elected, it will be the first time Wisconsin will have two Republican U.S. Senators since the 1950s.
Tony Galli will be at Tommy Thompson's election night party in Pewaukee and will have live reports on 27 News at 5, 6 and 10.