Skip to main content

Rep. John Thompson will serve as an independent after being ousted by House DFL

Thompson has been involved in multiple controversies following a July 4 traffic stop.
John Thompson

State Rep. John Thompson says he will serve as an independent after being ousted by the House DFL.

Thompson, who has faced controversy following a July 4 traffic stop and resurfaced reports of domestic violence, was voted out of the House DFL caucus by members Tuesday evening.

“Rep. Thompson’s actions, credible reports of abuse and misconduct, and his failure to take responsibility remain unacceptable for a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. It would be best for Rep. Thompson, his family, and the institution for him to resign,” a statement from House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Majority Leader Ryan Winkler reads.

“In the absence of a resignation, the Minnesota House DFL has voted to remove Rep. Thompson from the caucus.”

Despite calls to resign, Thompson has maintained he has no plans to leave his position representing the Eastside of St. Paul. 

Thompson said he will instead move forward as an independent and continue serving on committees. 

“Last night, the DFL chose to release me from their caucus, but what they didn’t do is dampen my resolve to continue serving my district and authentically making sure the voices of those that have been marginalized are clearly heard in the halls of power at the State Capitol,” Thompson said in a statement.

On July 4, Thompson was pulled over for driving without a front license plate. It was later reported he presented officers with a Wisconsin drivers license, despite representing St. Paul in the Legislature.

Thompson called the traffic stop an act of racial profiling.

He reportedly did obtain a Minnesota’s drivers license following the incident, though state officials have filed a request to suspend it after he failed to appear in court or pay the fine for the July 4 ticket, according to MPR.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

And after FOX 9 began looking into Thompson’s residency following the stop, the station found four police reports in which Thompson was reportedly involved in incidents of domestic violence.

One of the incidents, taking place in Superior, Wisconsin, resulted in a conviction on reduced charges.

Following news of the reports, multiple DFL leaders, including Gov. Tim Walz and party chairman Ken Martin called for Thompson’s resignation.

But Thompson again rejected these calls to step down.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 6.44.11 PM

Standoff in Prior Lake: Man assaulted officer, broke into home

The suspect allegedly assault an officer outside Kwik Trip, fled and broke into a home.

snow - 12-10-21 - Joe Nelson - 5

Accumulating snow possible in Twin Cities next week

The storm system could arrive in the Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe.

Target store snow

With Black Friday barely underway, Target reveals Cyber Monday deals

Plans for the two-day sale were revealed Friday morning.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 9.37.25 AM

Man waves replica assault weapon at drivers in downtown Minneapolis

The alarming incident was spotted by the new MPD chief, Brian O'Hara.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 9.29.58 AM

Extremely drunk driver arrested in Chaska

The driver was more than four times the legal limit.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 8.21.21 AM

Stillwater police looking for suspect who stole vehicle with 1-year-old inside

The suspect abandoned the vehicle with the child still inside just 5 minutes after the theft.

Screen Shot 2022-11-23 at 5.01.34 PM

Suspected Bloomington restaurant killer arrested in Oklahoma

The 47-year-old Texas man was arrested around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Screen Shot 2022-11-24 at 9.16.39 AM

Minnetonka woman, 23, ID'd as victim killed in Minneapolis crash

The fatal crash happened near the Minneapolis Convention Center on Nov. 21.

canada-goose-g304751a8f_1280

More than 100 geese, ducks found dead on partially frozen MN lake

The discovery was made in Waseca at the weekend.

e-bike

After losing sponsor, advocates fear Minneapolis' Nice Ride could shut down

They are calling on the city to provide financial support till a new sponsor is found.

Screen Shot 2022-11-23 at 3.32.46 PM

Colleen Lindstrom announces departure from MyTalk radio show

Lindstrom's last broadcast on the long-running show will be Dec. 9.

Related

John Thompson

DFL leadership 'disappointed' by Rep. John Thompson's traffic stop controversy

Thompson was pulled over on July 4 for driving without a front license plate.

John Thompson

Walz, DFL call on Rep. Thompson to resign amid domestic violence reports

Numerous allegations of domestic violence against the St. Paul DFLer have come to light.

John Thompson

Rep. John Thompson once again rejects calls to resign

He spoke briefly Monday morning at a press conference organized by his supporters.

john thompson candidate for house

Minnesota House DFLers postpone event that involves candidate John Thompson

Thompson made strong, divisive remarks outside Lt. Bob Kroll's home in Hugo last month, leading to calls for the DFL to drop its support for the candidate.

John Thompson

Rep. John Thompson denies bullying officers, praises St. Paul police

Thompson said officers treated him with "utmost respect."

John Thompson

Rep. John Thompson accused of screaming at officers after daughter was pulled over

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell called the incident "outrageous".

John Thompson

Rep. Thompson calls for release of body camera video from his traffic stop

He claimed he was racially profiled when he was pulled over.

Thompson screengrab 2

Video: Police bodycam footage of Rep. John Thompson's July 4 traffic stop

The incident has sparked allegations of racial profiling and questions about Thompson's state residency.