Linda Chavez-Thompson, Former AFL-CIO Vice President and DNC Vice Chair, To Host Washington Days Rally
The Kansas Democratic Party is proud to announce that Linda Chavez-Thompson, former AFL-CIO Executive Vice President and Democratic National Committee Vice Chair, will be the featured speaker and special guest for the Washington Days 2013 Rally at 6PM Friday, Februrary 22nd.
Ms. Chavez-Thompson last month concluded sixteen years of service as the DNC's Vice Chair, having been appointed to the position in 1997 by President Bill Clinton. A native Texan, Ms. Chavez-Thompson possesses a wealth of Democratic and union experience in the very state that Governor Sam Brownback now wishes to model Kansas after.
Learn more about Ms. Chavez-Thompson below.
Executive Vice-President Emerita, AFL-CIO
Linda Chavez-Thompson served as a union leader for 40 years of her life, holding many positions in the American Labor movement, culminating with her election as one of the highest ranking officers in the national AFL-CIO.
Her labor career began in Lubbock, Texas in 1967 as a construction union office Secretary in her hometown of Lubbock, Texas and then as a District Council Representative for the Laborer’s International Union. From 1971 to 1995 she worked in various positions with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), achieving many firsts including becoming the first Latina woman elected as an AFSCME International Vice-President. She also served as Vice President of the Texas AFL-CIO and, ultimately, was elected and served as Executive Vice-President of the national AFL-CIO from October 1995 to September, 2007.
During the 12 years she served in office at the AFL-CIO, Ms. Chavez-Thompson held national positions on the Board of Governors for United Way of America, Interfaith Worker’s Justice, and Civil, Women and Human Rights groups. Perhaps most impressively, in 1997 President Bill Clinton selected Ms. Chavez-Thompson to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, a position she filled admirably for 16 years.
Upon Ms. Chavez-Thompson’s retirement from the AFL-CIO in 2007, she moved back to her adopted hometown of San Antonio, Texas, where she continues to work in union and community activities. She is also actively involved in Democratic Party politics at the national, state and local level and is constantly called on to speak around the country for both union and Democratic Party events.
In 2010, Ms. Chavez-Thompson became the Texas Democratic Party’s candidate for Lt. Governor. Again, it was a first, since she was the first labor person to ever run for statewide office on the Texas Democratic ticket. She campaigned all across the state and is fond of saying that while it was a challenging time in her life, she has no regrets, because she met wonderful people and great activists who shared her goal of changing the direction of Texas for their families and their communities.