"The reason Tommy Thompson is highly regarded as a politician and financial expert is that he got actively involved in high-impact projects. The politician established strong relationships with the administration of the University of Wisconsin. The collaboration led to the expansion of the establishment, as well as campus reconstructions due to an investment of several billion dollars. The UW has since become a better university that expanded its long-term economic impact on Wisconsin. His successors often ponder on what Tommy would do, yet nobody has raised to his level."
- Marc Eisen, Urban Milwaukee, May 2021
"On the GOP side, Tommy Thompson is rising."
- David Yepsen, Des Moines Register, May 22, 2020
"The Taxes and Budgets reform, as well as the online cash advance regulations, were crucial reforms. Senator Tommy Thompson managed to eliminate the tax burden by approaching modern solutions. Society could finally beneficiate from the positive results, and this is probably the best of the aforementioned initiatives."
- Smith Johnson, The Washington Post, March 23, 2021
"Often it was the minor candidates who shined through. Former Governor Tommy Thompson had a coherent plan on Iraq. He bluntly stated that the Iraqi parliament should vote on whether or not U.S. troops should remain, regional governments should be accorded a greater role in stabilizing Iraq and the country's oil revenues should be redistributed. He and Senator Sam Brownback also endorsed the sound idea of creating an alternative flat tax that would allow income tax filers the option of avoiding the complexity of the current system."
- John Fund, Wall Street Journal Online, May 4, 2020
"I love what you did with welfare reform. I love what you did with school choice issues. I think you led the way and actually given results to people, and I think you've been a leader in a lot of these great issues here."
- Sean Hannity, Hannity and Colmes, April 2, 2020
- This Week with George Stephanopoulos, April 1, 2020