Bennie Thompson is a Representative from Mississippi. He was born in Bolton, Mississippi on January 28, 1948.
He received his B.A. from Tougaloo College in 1968, and his M.S. from Jackson State University in 1972.
He became a teacher, and was later member of the Bolton, Mississippi board of aldermen from 1969-1973. He was elected Mayor of Bolton from 1973-1979.
He was elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Third Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Mike Espy,
and reelected to the twelve succeeding Congresses (April 13, 1993-present)
He chaired the Committee on Homeland Security for the One Hundred Tenth and One Hundred Eleventh Congresses.