TJThomson 
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A proud Idaho native and Air Force veteran, TJ Thomson has built a decade of experience as a steward of fiscal responsibility at the federal,… More »

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Updated on October 15, 2009 at 7:44 PM

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Re: “City Council 4

In response to above -

About 12 years ago, I was in a serious relationship and we had a child. Abortion was never an option and child support was always paid. I commend the mother today for her decision to choose the gift of life, as I did then.

The mother & I mutually agreed that, as I understood that she was in the planning stages of a wedding, the best option would be to allow the child to be raised in a strong two-parent household. I was 21 years of age at the time. I was raised in a single-parent household, and understand how tough that can be for both the kids and the parent to be torn back-and-forth. Therefore, with the best interests of the child in mind, over a decade ago, that was the decision we made together. I believe this was the most difficult decision of my life.

This is public knowledge and I have always been very open about it.

After many years passing, gaining wisdom and perspective since then, not a day goes by that I don’t reflect on this part of my life. My hope is that our mutual decision provided the best childhood possible.

TJ Thomson

Posted by TJThomson on 10/23/2009 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Two Council Candidates Drop Out

I had no participation at either the Republican or Democrat booths at the Western Idaho Fair. I never volunteered at either. I enjoyed the Fair as a normal citizen with my wife, but did not work at either booth.
Thanks for your comments,
TJ Thomson

Posted by TJThomson on 10/10/2009 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Two Council Candidates Drop Out

Hello everyone. TJ Thomson here. In reading your comments here, I wanted to note a few details about my background. Please note that I was a NASA Policy Analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO has policy analysts that cover every federal agency. A small group within the GAO covers NASA (about 12-15 people total in 2005, when I returned to Boise). Throughout my life I have also worked blue-collar jobs, such as warehouse worker for UPS, store & produce worker at Albertsons, lawn & outdoor maintenance worker for nearly a decade, not to mention electrician for the U.S. Air Force. Being raised in a single parent household, I learned a lot from my grandfather. A World War II Veteran, life-long Union Pacific blue-collar locomotive engineer - he taught me the value of a hard day’s work, something I have always taken to heart and respect more than I can put into words.

In 2004, I partnered with another analyst at GAO to perform an in-depth analysis of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - a United States Government corporation (created in 2004) designed to work with some of the poorest countries in the world. I was part of an ad-hoc federal budget analysis team. I noted that the budget for the new agency was developed on arbitrary figures and lacked detail and substance. Myself and another co-worker provided Congress with criteria and recommendations to use in assessing this agency, based on benchmarks and guidelines from the best think-tanks in the world. This analysis resulted in a new budget for MCC and a $1 billion reduction – money that was removed from the bill and stayed in the pockets of American taxpayers. I was honored to receive special recognition from the U.S. Comptroller General, Dave Walker, for this work to improve big-government inefficiencies. This was one example that resulted in $1 billion in savings, but I worked on countless other projects, such as a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter analysis for NASA, that recommended new efficiencies in NASA’s budget and millions of dollars in savings to our tax payers.

You will find that my website at www.TJ4Boise.com provides extensive details on the issues we face. If you see an issue that is not covered in my “On the Issues” section, let me know and I will be sure to answer your questions ASAP. Contact me at tj4idaho@hotmail.com. I will bring a fresh voice and new ideas to the City of Boise. As your City Council Member I promise to focus tirelessly on the areas listed at my site to help maintain and improve upon our incomparable quality of life in Boise. I will bring an independent voice. I am not going to City Hall to represent a political party; I am going there to represent you.

I will not be going to City Hall to represent Idaho Power Company and will abstain from any votes that directly impact Idaho Power (there are VERY few votes at City Hall that directly impact Idaho Power – outside of easements to place power lines).

Thanks so much,
TJ Thomson

My education background:
•Boise State University, Bachelor of Political Science; Minor in Communication
•Indiana University, Master of Public Affairs – Policy Analysis, Public Administration
•Institute of Internal Auditors – Certified Internal Auditor

My most recent employment history:
•Idaho Power Company, Certified Internal Auditor
•Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations, Program Evaluator
•U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), NASA Policy Analyst
•Boise State University Student Body President
•U.S. Air Force Veteran – B-1 Bomber Avionics Technician Specialist

Posted by TJThomson on 10/01/2009 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Langhorst Named to Tax Commission

This is an outstanding appointment. David Langhorst is a perfect fit and I commend the Governor for his selection! - TJ Thomson

Posted by TJThomson on 07/06/2009 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Veterans for Obama

Correction: There was over 150 Veterans, Veteran's family members, and Friends of Veterans in attendance at this event.

Posted by TJ Thomson on 08/07/2008 at 6:12 AM

Re: “The Campaign Within

Point of Clarification- My description of institution types in the Democratic Party as “Dinosaurs” is by no means a critique of our Party faithful, but rather a compliment. Nor is it a reference towards physical age, but rather an individual’s commitment to electing good Democrats to public office in prior years. As an active volunteer for the Democratic Party for over 20 years now, I myself am part of that same institution and my thoughts and views have been crafted primarily by those that came before me. I have the “Dinosaurs” to thank for my bedrock understanding of the world we live in. My point was that, in an election year such as this, when hundreds of new volunteers have come into the fold, it will be difficult for those that have volunteered in the past to go to the Convention if they did not also volunteer on the Obama campaign. I say this simply because there will be a swarm of Obama supporters competing for a small number of seats, making the competition steep for all of us. Thanks for your understanding, TJ Thomson

Posted by TJ Thomson on 06/05/2008 at 11:06 PM

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