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MIKE THOMSON -- BIOGRAPHY

Mike was born on April 8, 1946 and was reared in Craig, MO. He graduated from Craig High School in 1964 and went to Northwest Missouri State University where here earned a Bachelor of Science Degree (1968) and a Master of Science Degree (1971).

Mike began a career in public education at Jefferson High School in Conception Junction, MO. In the 12 years there, he served as a teacher, counselor, coach and administrator. He moved to Maryville High School in 1980 where he served as guidance counselor and coach for 18 years. Mike returned to Northwest Missouri State University in 1998 as an instructor in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling and in 2002 moved to Admissions where he was employed prior to deciding to run for the representative seat being vacated by Brad Lager.

Mike's wife, Nancy, was reared in Atchison and Holt Counties and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an Emeritus faculty member at Northwest and retired as the Executive Director of the Regional Council of Governments serving the Northwest Missouri area counties of Atchison, Holt, Gentry, Nodaway and Worth. Nancy and Mike have two daughters. Amy resides in Kansas City with her husband, Jonathan and two sons, Brian and Bradley. Tracy also lives in Kansas City with her husband, Kendell and son, Austin and daughter, Madison.

Being very active over the years in professional organizations, Mike is still a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri Retired Teachers Association, and the Missouri School Counselors Association. He is currently a member of the Optimist Club of Maryville. Mike's professional honors include: Missouri Secondary Counselor of the Year, Northwest Missouri District Counselor of the Year, Who's Who among America's teachers, Maryville High School Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Midland Empire Basketball Coach of the Year, and Northwest District Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year.

Since joining the Missouri Legislature, he has received many awards, including:

  • 2007 The Voice of Missouri Business Award, Associated Industries of Missouri
  • 2008 Friend of Corn Growers Award
  • 2008, 2010, 2012 Friend of Agriculture Award, Missouri Farm Bureau
  • 2008 Ed Ailor Memorial Award, Missouri School Counselor Association
  • 2008-2009 Friend of Education Award, Missouri K-8 Schools Association
  • 2009 Legislator of the Year Award, Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education
  • 2009 Distinguished Legislator Award from the Missouri Community College Association
  • 2010 Friend of Education Award from the Missouri Staff Development Council
  • 2010 James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award from the Student Government Association of the University of Central Missouri
  • 2011 Presidential Citation Award from University of Missouri
  • 2012 Outstanding Legislator Award from Missouri State Teachers Association

Mike currently serves in the House as the Chairman of the Higher Education Committee. He also is a member of the Education Appropriations Committee, Budget Committee, Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, and the Joint Committee on Education.

Mike and Nancy are members of Laura Street Baptist Church in Maryville where Mike is a Deacon.

Room 401B State Capitol Building
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Capitol number 573-751-9465

Paid for by:
Citizens for Mike Thomson,
Sue Dorrel, Treasurer