And even when Barton weathered criticism for apologizing to BP after the 2010 oil spill, Thompson pushed on: “Sometimes when bad things happen, you don’t have a friend in the world and not even your dog will talk to you. You rely on [Barton’s] fortitude, his resilience. … It was tough, but we got through it.”
Getting past the lows is what leads to the highs. Thompson describes the GOP winning back the House majority as one of the better times in his career. As the new chief of staff, he has no plans for leaving the Hill anytime soon.
“I’m happy to be here and I absolutely love what I do,” he said. “I’ll stay with the Congressman for as long as he wants me.”
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Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.