In all, Thompson has served 35 years in public office and another four years as a Cabinet official, not counting the time he spent running for office. Thompson is 70 years old, meaning that he has spent at least half his life in politics.
Nevertheless, on Tuesday, Thompson insisted that he is not a “professional politician.”
In 2008, Thompson spoke to the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach about how, after working in government for 38 years, he was finally entering the private sector.
“I’m a rehab public servant. Thirty-eight years in the government,” he said. “And now I’m in the public sector — or the private sector. For the first time in my life, I’m making money.”
Published: Mar 14, 2012