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Congressman Mike Thompson

Representing the 5th District of CALIFORNIA

Civil Rights

The United States was founded on the principle of liberty and justice for all. However, our nation has not always lived up to this high ideal. Congress must act to ensure this most American value is made a reality.

Workplace Equality
Job opportunities should be equally available to workers of equal ability, regardless of gender. That’s why I voted for and was an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill would prohibit employers from screening applicants based on salary history, make wage nondisclosure agreements illegal and strengthen penalties for employer retaliation against workers who assert their rights. The Paycheck Fairness Act passed the House of Representatives in March 2019, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to hold a vote in the Senate.

In addition, I’ve fought to extend universal, gender-neutral family and medical leave as a supporter and cosponsor of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. This bill would provide eligible individuals with up to 12 weeks of paid leave for a pregnancy, the birth or adoption of a child, recovery from a serious illness or the care of a seriously ill family member.

Criminal Justice
Racial and other minorities face several disparities in our criminal justice system and Congress must work to level the playing field. In the 115th Congress, I voted to pass the FIRST STEP Act. This legislation, which became law in 2018, expands judicial discretion in sentencing non-violent, first-time drug offenders and eases the federal “three strikes” rule. It also allows inmates to receive “earned time credits” for participation in rehabilitative and vocational programs. These credits will allow participating inmates to earn early release to a halfway house or home confinement.

In this Congress, I’ve cosponsored the Fair Chance Act of 2019, which prohibits federal agencies and federal contractors from requesting a job applicant’s criminal history before extending a conditional offer of employment. This moderate step enables people with a criminal record to get their foot in the door while allowing federal agencies and contractors to rescind offers if it’s later discovered a prospective employee was convicted of a disqualifying crime.

LGBTQ+ Rights
Though America has made great strides toward equality for LGBTQ+ people, much work remains to ensure their rights are respected. That’s why I was proud to vote for and be an original cosponsor of the Equality Act. This bill would extend civil rights protections against discrimination in credit, education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service and public accommodations to LGBTQ+ Americans. Though the House passed the Equality Act in May 2019, Leader McConnell has blocked a vote in the Senate.

I also supported and voted for the PRIDE Act of 2019, which amends the Internal Revenue Code to provide for equal treatment of same sex married couples and waives the statute of limitations to allow these couples to amend past filings to married filing jointly.

In addition, I’ve cosponsored the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. This bill would prohibit the exclusion of LGBTQ+ youth from child welfare programs authorized under the Social Security Act.

Voting
Voting rights are civil rights, plain and simple. Earlier this year, I cosponsored and voted to pass the For the People Act. Among other key reforms, this bill would require states to make voting more accessible to disabled voters, restore voting rights to felons upon completion of their sentence and prohibit sudden, last-minute purges of voter rolls. The For the People Act passed the House in March 2019. Leader McConnell refuses to hold a vote in the Senate.

Please know I’ll never stop fighting to protect the civil rights of everyone in America—no matter who they are, what they look like or whom they love.

More on Civil Rights

May 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted to pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which includes sweeping changes to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans in education, employment, housing, and other public accommodations. With the current patchwork of state laws, LGBTQ individuals in America still risk being fired, evicted, or denied service because of who they are. This bill amends the Civil Rights Act to specifically prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Mar 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced he has introduced his bipartisan National Women’s History Month Resolution. Thompson’s legislation honors women’s history and the work of so many to uncover forgotten women’s heritage. Each year Thompson introduces this bill to mark Women’s History Month and his district’s important contributions to the national effort.

Mar 28, 2017 Press Release

Napa, CA – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) formally announced Magrit Mondavi as the recipient of a special, posthumous Woman of the Year Award. In February, Thompson accepted nominations from across the Fifth Congressional District for his annual awards honoring women who make an impact in our community. In light of Mondavi’s lifelong devotion to our community and the arts, Thompson presented a special recognition to her daughter, Annie Roberts.

Mar 28, 2017 Press Release

Napa, CA – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) formally announced Ronit Rubinoff as this year’s Woman of the Year in Sonoma County. In February, Thompson accepted nominations from across the Fifth Congressional District for his annual awards honoring women who make an impact in our community. After careful consideration, Rubinoff was selected for her work with Sonoma County Legal Aid.

Mar 28, 2017 Press Release

Napa, CA – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) formally announced Dr. Rhonda Renfro as this year’s Woman of the Year in Solano County. In February, Thompson accepted nominations from across the Fifth Congressional District for his annual awards honoring women who make an impact in our community. After careful consideration, Dr. Renfro was selected for her work as the founder and Director of Club Stride.

Mar 28, 2017 Press Release

Napa, CA – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) formally announced Karen Cakebread as this year’s Woman of the Year in Napa County. In February, Thompson accepted nominations from across the Fifth Congressional District for his annual awards honoring women who make an impact in our community. After careful consideration, Cakebread was selected for her work with the Napa Valley Vinters and her community service in the wake of the Valley Fire.

Mar 28, 2017 Press Release

Napa, CA – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) formally announced Madelene Lyon as this year’s Woman of the Year in Lake County. In February, Thompson accepted nominations from across the Fifth Congressional District for his annual awards honoring women who make an impact in our community. After careful consideration, Lyon was selected for her work with the Kelseyville Food Pantry, Redbud Audubon Society, and other charities.

Mar 28, 2017 Press Release

Napa, CA – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) formally announced Sylvia Villa-Serrano as this year’s Woman of the Year in Contra Costa County. In February, Thompson accepted nominations from across the Fifth Congressional District for his annual awards honoring women who make an impact in our community. After careful consideration, Villa-Serrano was selected for her work with the Hercules Lion Club and the Hercules Chamber of Commerce.

Mar 2, 2017 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) introduced a bipartisan resolution honoring March as Women’s History Month—the origins of which are rooted in California’s Fifth Congressional District.

Feb 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted against a proposal that would allow states to pull funding from Planned Parenthood and other community health centers that offer reproductive health services.