Bill Thomas, a former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1978 to 2007. During his six-year chairmanship, he guided the enactment of $2 trillion in tax relief, including the Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act of 2001, which reduced all ordinary income tax rates; the Jobs and Growth Tax Reconciliation Act of 2003, which reduced the tax rate on dividends and capital gains; and the Job Creation Act of 2004, which provided significant reforms for corporate tax policy.


  • Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1979-2007
  • Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee, 2001-2007
  • Chairman, House Administration Committee, 1995-2001
  • Cochairman, National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, 1998-99
  • Member, California State Assembly, 1974-79
  • Professor, Political Science, Bakersfield College, 1965-74


M.A., B.A., political science and history, San Francisco State University
A.A., Santa Ana Community College