Current Press Releases


November 28, 2018 :

Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens has written an article identifying how Wisconsin’s political leaders can deliver substantial results for the state on three key issues: criminal justice, transportation, and energy reforms.

Wisconsin’s Leaders Should Work Together on Three Issues

August 23rd, 2018 : Isthmus Paper

Former Governor Tommy G. Thompson has given an in-depth interview with the Isthmus paper titled “The man from Elroy : New book reveals what makes Tommy Thompson tick?”  In the article the governor discussed his personal history and his reflections on his time in office.  Also featured is the governor’s daughter, the well accoladed Kelli Thompson, and her own experiences growing up being taught by the governor.

August 14th, 2018 : USA Today

USA Today has published an article written by four state governors on the need for bi-partisan criminal justice reform to improve lives and the workforce:

Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Improves Lives and Workforce Safety

The authoring governors are Matt Bevin-Kentucky, John Bel Edwards-Louisiana, Mary Fallin-Oklahoma, and Ralph Northham-Virginia

May 18th, 2018 – The White House

The White House has taken up the bipartisan issue of criminal justice reform:

Council of Economic Advisors Report

President’s Opening Statement at Criminal Justice Reform Conference

April 20th, 2018 – Journal Sentinel

Governor Thompson discusses Wisconsin’s labor shortage and how prison reform can help:

Journal Sentinal 4-20-2018

November 22nd, 2018 – Journal Sentinel

An article by Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, published immediately following the inaugural Thompson Center leadership conference: Leadership Across the Branches.

Even Most Politicians Want Collaboration

Interviews and Clips of Note

December 12, 2018 : Wisconsin Eye

Wisconsin Eye recorded the Tommy Thompson Center “Effective Public Leadership” conference.  Below is a short clip from two of the conferences panelists on effective legislating and bipartisanship in divided government.  The conference in its entirety can be viewed here.

October 13th, 2018 : Wisconsin Eye

Former Governor Tommy Thompson held an interview with the Wisconsin Eye. In it he discussed his idea for a pilot program to reduce the number of incarcerated individuals in Wisconsin while simultaneously addressing skilled labor shortages.

October 9th, 2018 : Wisconsin Eye

Former Governor Thompson held an interview with the Wisconsin Eye discussing the Wisconsin highway system and the transportation accomplishments achieved while he was in office.