Jill Long Thompson, of Argos, is a former Valparaiso City Council member, a former Democratic congresswoman from Indiana, and a former gubernatorial candidate. She also served as board chair and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration.
She was born Jill Long on July 15, 1952, in Warsaw, Indiana. She was raised on a farm outside Larwill, Indiana, in Whitley County.
Long Thompson received her bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University and her MBA and Ph.D. from Indiana University.
Her career in politics began on the Valparaiso City Council, to which she was elected in 1983. In 1989, the Democrat was elected in the heavily Republican 4th Congressional District, serving three terms.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton named her under secretary of rural development in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Long Thompson taught business courses at Valparaiso University from 1981 to 1986, when she ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate.
In 2008, Long Thompson became the first woman nominated by a major political party to run for governor of Indiana. She lost to Republican Mitch Daniels, who was running for re-election.
In 2009, President Barack Obama named her to the board of the Farm Credit Administration. Her tenure as board chair and CEO ended in March 2015.
Since then, she has been an adjunct instructor for the Kelley School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington.
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