Virginia Thomas is an American lawyer and lobbyist. She is renowned for her conservative political ideology and has spent decades championing it on various public policies. Thomas is also the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas; a conservative jurist and the second African-American to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Get to know more about this indefatigable lady here including facts about her family and other things.
Virginia Thomas Biography
Virginia Lamp Thomas was born on the 23rd of February 1957 in Omaha, Nebraska. She hails from a family of six comprising of her father, David Lamp and her mom, Marjorie Lamp. She also has three older siblings though their names are unavailable. Thomas grew up in an upper-middle-class background; this was largely due to her dad who was a successful real estate investor.
Her ambition to go into politics and government commenced at an early age. She, therefore, joined several government-inclined organizations while studying at High School (West Side High School Omaha). After high school, Virginia Thomas went through three colleges before obtaining a degree in political science and business communications from Creighton University in 1979. She also obtained her JD from Creighton University School of Law in 1983.
Virginia Thomas commenced her professional career in 1981; working as an aide for the Republican congressman – Hal Daub. She eventually rose to the position of his legislative director before leaving his office in 1985. The Nebraska native subsequently joined the U.S Chamber of Commerce as an attorney. This particular position lasted for four years during which she worked on several proposals. One of them was for the legislation that would require large employers to grant unpaid leave to their workers when a family member was sick.
Virginia Thomas went on a form of career hiatus in 1989 but however bounced back in 1991. Since then, she has worked for various organizations in both the private and public sector. In the public sector, she has worked for the Legislative Affairs Office of the United States Department of Labour. While there, she worked on several proposed legislation including comparable-worth legislation. In the private sector, she has worked for the influential conservative think tank – The Heritage Foundation. Additionally, Virginia Thomas is also the CEO/President of Liberty Central; a non-profit conservative political advocacy group.
Virginia Thomas is married to renowned jurist as well as an associate justice of the Supreme Court – Clarence Thomas. The couple shares the same conservative mindset but hail from vastly different backgrounds. While Thomas was raised in a relatively wealthy family, her husband was born in poverty in rural Georgia. Virginia Thomas first crossed paths with her future husband in 1985 when he was the chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They became friends, most probably due to their shared political beliefs, and eventually commenced a relationship. The couple later tied the knot in 1987. Thomas and her husband do not have any kids together. The judge, however, has a son named Jamal Adeen, from his first marriage.
When Thomas and her husband first tied the knot, some people criticized her husband for marrying a white lady. They deemed it as an abandonment of his race. The two were however unfazed by such criticisms and has remained together despite several challenges. Thomas stood by her husband’s side during the battle for his confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice. During his confirmation hearing in September 1991, a lawyer named Anita Hill accused the judge of sexual harassment. She alleged that the harassment took place when he was her boss at the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). Clarence denied the allegations and several people testified for and against him. Thomas supported her husband throughout the ordeal and the couple emerged victoriously. Clarence Thomas was eventually confirmed by a narrow margin and sworn in.
Other Facts About Virginia Thomas
1. She was a member of Lifespring, a controversial personal growth organization that turned out to be a cult. Her experience with the group made her campaign about the dangers of such cults.
2. Thomas was raised as a protestant but converted to Catholic, her husband’s faith, in 2002.
3. She has remained unwavering in her right-wing political beliefs. She has worked with conservative organizations such as Turning Point and Groundswell.
4. Virginia Thomas was a columnist for The Daily Caller; a conservative news website based in Washington D.C.
5. The lady stirred some controversy in 2010 by leaving a voicemail for her husband’s accuser, Anita Hill. She urged Hill to come clean and apologize but Hill maintained that her allegations were true.