Fred Thompson Biography
In May 2010, Senator Fred Thompson became the spokesman for American Advisors Group.
His appointment has transformed the reverse mortgage industry by providing the credibility, integrity, and policy knowledge to ensure the longevity and growth of this important financial tool for seniors.
Thompson said, “I am proud to join AAG’s efforts. In this tough economic climate, it’s important that America’s seniors know all their options, and have the facts they need to make informed decisions about their financial and retirement futures.”
Reverse mortgages present opportunities for seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy their retirement. I look forward to informing America’s seniors of the benefits of this often misunderstood financial product.
- Former Senator Fred Thompson
Senator Thompson was accepted to the State Bar of Tennessee in 1967. He worked as an assistant U.S. attorney for three years, successfully prosecuting bank robberies and other cases. He then became campaign manager for Republican U.S. Senator Howard Baker’s reelection campaign and was minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee in its investigation of the Watergate scandal.
Subsequently, Senator Thomspon worked as an attorney, with law offices in Nashville and Washington, DC. He also accepted appointments as Special Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Special Counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Member of the Appellate Court Nominating Commission for the State of Tennessee.
In 1994, Senator Thompson moved into the Senate when he was elected to finish the remaining two years of Al Gore’s unexpired U.S. Senate term. Two years later he was re-elected with 61 percent of the vote.
Senator Thompson served on the Finance Committee, dealing with health care, trade, Social Security and taxation and the Intelligence Committee. He was Chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. In 2007-2008, ran for the Republican nomination for President.
Senator Thompson’s acting career began when one of his legal cases became the subject of the book, “Marie” and a movie of the same name. The director, after traveling to Nashville to speak with the people involved with the original case, asked Senator Thompson if he wanted to play himself. After “Marie” was released in 1985, Senator Thompson was then cast in the part of the CIA Director in the film “No Way Out”. Senator Thompson went on to appear in many films including “The Hunt for Red October,” “Die Hard 2,” and most recently, “Secretariat.” He was also on the hit television show, “Law and Order.”
Fred Thompson was born in Sheffield, Alabama, on August 19, 1942. He had a very normal upbringing, attending public school in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, and graduating from Lawrence County High School. His working career began in the local post office and at the Murray bicycle assembly plant.
Fred attended Florence State College (now the University of North Alabama), becoming the first member of his family to go to college. He later transferred to Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), where he earned a double degree in philosophy and political science, as well as scholarships to both Tulane and Vanderbilt law schools. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Vanderbilt.