Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Eric Tempelis joins Thompson Center

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The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership has named Eric Tempelis (MPA ’03, JD ’06) as its new assistant director. He previously worked in local, state and federal government, most recently as a prosecutor.

Tempelis, who also has a bachelor’s degree from UW–Madison, formerly served as a corporate government affairs director, president of a statewide association, and staff member for Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum and U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.

As a law student, Tempelis was selected as a general editor of the annual National Symposium of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He is a former member and rank leader in the Wisconsin Marching Band.

Tempelis, his twin brother, and his sister all received master’s degrees from the La Follette School and juris doctorate degrees from UW–Madison’s Law School.

The Thompson Center, created in 2017 by the Wisconsin Legislature, receives most of its funding from state tax revenue. Professor of Political Science Ryan Owens, a La Follette School faculty affiliate, is the Thompson Center’s director.

Two La Follette School faculty members – Professors Tim Smeeding and David Weimer – serve on the Thompson Center’s Faculty Advisory Committee. La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee is an ex officio member. La Follette School faculty affiliate Ryan Owens, a professor of political science, is director of the Thompson Center.