James Robert Thompson Edit Profile
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Georgia Technology Institute, 1958. MSMechE, University Florida, 1963. Postgraduate, University Alabama, 1969.
Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Alabama, 1988.
Assistant state's attorney, Cook County, Illinois, 1959-1964. Associate professor law Northwestern University Law School, 1964-1969. Assistant attorney general State of Illinois, 1969-1970, chief criminal division, 1969, chief department law enforcement & public protection, 1969-1970.
1st assistant United States attorney (northern district) Illinois United States Department Justice, 1970-1971, United States attorney, 1971-1975. Counsel Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago, 1975-1977, partner, since 1991, chairman, Chief Executive Officer, 1993—2006, chairman executive committee, 1991—2006, head governor relations practice. Governor State of Illinois, Springfield, 1977-1991.
Chairman Republican Governors Association, 1982, National Governors Association, Midwest Governors Association, Council Great Lakes Governors, 1985, President' Intelligence Oversight Board, 1989—1993. Advisory board Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1991—1993. Board governors Chicago Board Trade.
Member American Bar Association Commission on Separation of Powers & Judicial Independence, 1996—1997. Commissioner The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (The 9-11 Commission), 2002—2004. Board directors Navigant Consultant Inc., Maximus, Inc., John Bean Technologies, Inc.
When seeking to address certain political issues, the Church must engage with other denominations to understand their views and needs.
Chairman exhibits commission Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama, since 1987. Member Alabama Space and Science Exhibit Commission, Montgomery, Alabama, 1987-1989, Alabama Insdl. Council on Engineering, Montgomery, 1987-1989, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Leadership 2000, 1987-1989.
Member advisory council Princeton University, 1987-1989. Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1958-1960. Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (associate, Von Braun excellence award in space program management 1990), National Space Club (board governors 1987-1989), Sigma Xi, Sigma Nu (Commander 1957-1958).
Married Susan Lynn Sproul, June 15, 1958 (divorced August 1985). Children: James Robert III, Susan P. Thompson Rowe, Scott A. Married Sherry Kay Gray, April 11, 1989.