Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) has been a member of Congress since 1993 and joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus during the 106th Congress. As Co-Chair during the 113th Congress, Congressman Thompson effectively helped to raise important issues related to hunting and angling and other conservation issues at the federal level. Congressman Thompson truly believes in the promotion of economic development through hunting and angling and has supported multiple opportunities to increase jobs and cultivate community relationships with the hunting and fishing industries.
While home in Mississippi, the Congressman is an avid hunter and angler, and enjoys the wide assortment of hunting and angling that Mississippi offers. He understands the importance of the sporting industry to his constituency and the enormous economic benefit the industry brings to his state.
Congressman Thompson co-sponsored the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (H.R. 3590), which passed the House of Representatives in February 2014. This legislation included important policies that protect our natural resources and sustain our outdoor pastimes. The Congressman is also a co-sponsor of the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014 which funds conservation for migratory birds.
“The recreational sporting industry supports over 33,500 jobs in Mississippi and brings $2.2 billion to the state’s economy annually. Nationally, sportsmen and women bring $90 billion to the economy and create 1.5 million jobs. The Congressional Sportsman’s Caucus on a bi-partisan basis has raised important issues, which impact our communities and constituents. I will continue working with the Congressional Sportsman’s Caucus to advance America’s rich hunting and angling traditions for years to come.”
Congressman Thompson hunting Whitetail deer and wild boars
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.51%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (10.07%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (64.03%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (14.39%)