Inquiries swirl above St. Paul lawmaker’s residency just after traffic stop

Minnesota Rep. John Thompson, who represents St. Paul’s east side.  (Minnesota House of Reps / FOX 9)

As point out Rep. John Thompson appealed to Minnesota voters for a seat in the point out Legislature very last November, he was applying a Wisconsin deal with to renew his driver’s license in the Badger Condition.

And when Thompson was cited for a traffic violation in St. Paul final 7 days, the quotation lists a Frogtown deal with that is outside Thompson’s legislative district on the city’s east side.

Inquiries are swirling above where by Thompson, a Democrat in his very first term, maintains residency. The inquiries grew extreme ample more than the weekend that the Minnesota DFL took the rare stage of issuing a rebuke towards Thompson.

The difficulties arrived to light-weight following St. Paul Law enforcement pulled Thompson in excess of on July 4 for not owning a entrance license plate on his automobile. Thompson offered his Wisconsin driver’s license, in accordance to the quotation submitted by St. Paul Police Sgt. Peter Crum, which also mentioned that Thompson’s Minnesota driving privileges experienced been suspended for failing to pay out child support. Thompson was billed by quotation with driving after suspension.  

In a mobile phone job interview with FOX 9 final 7 days, the lawmaker explained he had by no means had a Minnesota driver’s license.

Rather, Thompson has experienced an active Wisconsin license given that 2000 and has renewed it in 2005, 2012 and most just lately in November 2020, a Wisconsin Office of Transportation spokesperson explained. The most current renewal arrived the very same thirty day period that Thompson received a landslide election for his Household District 67A legislative seat. 

“The purchaser (Thompson) appeared in-particular person and provided a Wisconsin deal with as his place of home,” the Wisconsin DOT spokesperson stated.

Documentation of residency is not required for a Wisconsin driver’s license renewal.

The citation from the July 4 site visitors quit lists Thompson’s deal with on Blair Avenue in St. Paul, which is about 3 miles from the edge of Thompson’s legislative district.

Thompson crossed off an deal with and finally did not list 1 on his community 2020 affidavit of candidacy. A spokesman for Secretary of State Steve Simon reported he would not release a secondary document on which Thompson did attest his tackle.

Minnesota legislation requires legislators to retain residency in their district for 30 days in advance of the standard election and attest to their address of residence on their filing paperwork.

The head of the Minnesota DFL explained he was disappointed by Thompson’s actions.

“It is essential for people in positions of power and affect to model the kind of actions we hope from everybody. Rep. John Thompson fell quick of that common, and I am dissatisfied by his recent actions,” Minnesota DFL Chairman Ken Martin said in an electronic mail.

Through a spokeswoman, Household Speaker Melissa Hortman declined to comment on the condition with Thompson, a member of her caucus.

Thompson accused the St. Paul Law enforcement sergeant who pulled him over July 4 of racial profiling, an assertion that St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell has denied just after viewing human body digital camera movie of the traffic prevent.

Monday, St. Paul Police asked the city attorney if the online video can be introduced through a provision in condition legislation that will allow these a move to “dispel rumors or unrest.” Thompson can also ask for the online video to develop into general public law enforcement mentioned the lawmaker has produced no this sort of ask for.

“Rep. Thompson’s signature problem at the state Legislature was advocating for swift launch of police officer’s physique digital camera footage. Now he’s blocking the community launch of the overall body digicam footage of his very own incident with law enforcement this earlier week,” Minnesota Law enforcement and Peace Officers Association Govt Director Brian Peters said in an electronic mail. “As a public formal, it is hypocritical and irresponsible. Constituents have the right to see how their legislator carried out himself, notably when he built this sort of powerful statements about what took place all through the targeted traffic stop.”

Dash digital camera movie of the incident will instantly develop into general public when Thompson’s driving right after suspension circumstance is closed. As of Monday morning, Thompson experienced not paid out the $286 good involved with the citation.

Thompson was in court Monday morning in a separate case stemming from allegations that he interfered with a peace officer in the course of an incident at North Memorial clinic in Robbinsdale in 2019. Thompson has declined a plea deal on the misdemeanor charge and the circumstance is continuing to demo.

Thompson’s Minnesota driver license privileges have been revoked on April 21, 2019, at the ask for of Ramsey County Youngster Support even although Thompson didn’t have a license, a spokesman for the Minnesota Division of Public Protection claimed.

In Minnesota, a parent’s driver license can be suspended if they are far more than a few months at the rear of on baby aid.   

The condition General public Basic safety spokesman explained Thompson’s privileges ended up restored past Wednesday with resolution of his boy or girl support problems. Court data in Thompson’s youngster aid circumstance are sealed and not public.  

In Wisconsin, non-payment of little one support is not a main driving-relevant offense, so it would not set off a suspension or non-renewal of a Wisconsin license.

Thompson commenced his political career after his buddy Philando Castile was killed by a Falcon Heights law enforcement officer on July 6, 2016.