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Major Player: Tommy Thompson

Governor of Wisconsin, is chairman of the convention platform committee.

Age: 58

Education: Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Family: Married, three children.

Career: Wisconsin Assembly, 1967-87; governor, 1987-present. In the statehouse: The longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history, Thompson is known as a shrewd public policy innovator, from requiring welfare recipients to go to work, to supporting school choice legislation allowing low-income children in Milwaukee to attend private schools using public money.

Did you know?
Often rumored as a potential presidential candidate, Thompson said in a television interview late last year: "I'm sorry I never ran for president. I got up to the altar and got talked out of it several times."

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