Congressmember Thompson at Oakmont


Monday, August 8, the Oakmont Progressives Club jointly with the Oakmont Democrats will host Rep. Mike Thompson at East Rec. at 6:30 p.m. There will be a social followed by the program at 7 p.m. The congressman will join us by zoom and will share his observations about recent Supreme Court decisions and will answer questions about what we can do now.

After the Court overturned Roe, Thompson replied: “Today’s Supreme Court decision is an assault on women, plain and simple, Roe was the law of the land for nearly 50 years, and the right to an abortion was settled law. This decision threatens the health of women and will lead to the criminalization and banning of reproductive care. … The Court’s ruling sets a dangerous precedent whereby other rights Americans have enjoyed for decades are now in jeopardy, including gay marriage, access to contraceptives, and interracial marriage. …The Senate must take up and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act that the House passed earlier this Congress. The lives of mothers across the country are depending on it.”

Mike Thompson represents California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes Oakmont. Thompson’s number one priority in Congress is to create jobs and grow our economy. He has co-authored numerous pieces of legislation to improve our nation’s infrastructure, boost our renewable energy economy, and better our education system.

In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Thompson was named Chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. After the Supreme Court recently released a decision stripping states of the right to set sensible firearm rules, Thompson said: “Today’s extreme ruling undermines the authority of states to responsibly regulate the use of firearms and will lead to more gun violence. As Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and a lifelong responsible gun owner, I am committed to passing legislation that respects our Second Amendment rights while protecting our kids, schools, and communities.”

In 1990, Thompson was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the California State Senate. He served in combat with the U.S. Army where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart.

Thompson is a member of various committees and caucuses, including the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Health Subcommittee, the bipartisan Congressional Wine Caucus, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, and the bipartisan Military Veterans Caucus.

Thompson voted to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and is working to build on the reforms made in the ACA to further improve everyone’s access to affordable, quality health care. Thompson is the co-author of comprehensive immigration reform. He also has worked to ensure equal rights for same sex couples.

As an outdoorsman, Thompson is committed to preserving our district’s beautiful lands. Thompson was awarded the Sierra Club’s Edgar Wayburn Award for passing legislation that permanently protects 273,000 acres of wilderness in Northern California.

The August 8 meeting will be hybrid and a zoom link will be available on both the Oakmont Democrats ( and Progressives ( websites. All Oakmonters are welcome.


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