Our Candidates / Kansas / James Thompson

James Thompson

Running for U.S. House of Representatives, District 4
Kansas
Election: Aug. 7, 2018

I am a civil rights attorney, U.S. Army Infantry veteran, husband and father in Wichita Kansas. I grew up in poverty and was actually homeless when I was 16. A public high school teacher made me realize education was the key to overcoming poverty. I served in the U.S. Army Presidential Honor Guard in Washington D.C. After being honorably discharged I moved to Wichita and attended Wichita State University. I then attended law school at Washburn University in Topeka Kansas. I began helping Veterans in the community during law school. Where I founded the Veterans Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW). After law school, I organized the Wichita Bar Association's participation in the local Stand Down Event for homeless veterans where myself and others provided pro bono legal services. I became a civil rights attorney because I hate seeing the abuse of power. I am running for office because I am tired of elected officials catering to big corporations rather than the people who elected them.