Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Tommy Thompson

Health economist Katherine Baicker will give the 2017 Paul Offner Lecture on Tuesday, November 28 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. Her presentation, The Effect of Medicaid Spending, Health, and Well-Being: Evidence and Implications for Reform, begins at 4:30 p.m.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs welcomes the creation of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since its creation in 1983, the La Follette School has blended nonpartisan rigor in scholarship with a direct application of the Wisconsin Idea in practice.

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson shared his commitment to The Wisconsin Idea – the principle that the university is intricately tied to the state – in the most recent issue of Public Administration Review (PAR).

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson was right at home Sunday, May 15, when he addressed the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs’ Class of 2016 at the state Capitol. A two-time graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Thompson began his political career in the Wisconsin Assembly Chamber – the same room where 35 of the La Follette School’s 38 graduates received their diplomas.

Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin’s governor from 1987 to 2001, will address the 2016 Class of the La Follette School of Public Affairs during a graduation ceremony Sunday, May 15.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson will receive an honorary degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison this May. The La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science nominated Thompson, who received bachelor’s and law degrees from UW–Madison in the 1960s.