Bruce E. Thompson, Jr. is a Washington veteran with more than three decades of experience
working on public policy issues affecting the financial services industry in both
the public and private sectors. During his career, he has been deeply involved in
every significant policy debate involving the financial services industry. He is
a leading expert and consultant on financial services, tax policy, and international
Most recently, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor at DLA Piper, focusing on tax
and financial services issues. He is currently a consultant to the firm.
Mr. Thompson was Managing Director and Senior Director of Global Government Relations
at Merrill Lynch for 22 years. He represented the firm and guided strategy on all
legislative and executive policy matters of interest to the firm and the financial
services industry globally. He was involved in all legislation affecting the firm
and the industry, including the creation of the Roth IRA, financial services reform,
and the capital gains and dividend tax rate cuts. He was also responsible for keeping
Merrill Lynch and its clients apprised of government policy developments worldwide.
The Washington Post described him as the “dean of lobbyists for the financial
Prior to Merrill Lynch, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Legislative
Affairs during the Reagan Administration under James Baker and Don Regan. He was
the Treasury Department’s representative to Congress on all legislative initiatives,
and was instrumental in the passage of the Reagan tax cuts and the Tax Reform Act.
Upon leaving Treasury, he was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award, the department’s
highest honor, by Treasury Secretary Baker.
Prior to Treasury, he worked in the U.S. Senate for seven years, serving as Legislative
Assistant to U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr. He was the Senator’s chief
policy advisor on tax, financial, and economic policy issues.
Mr. Thompson graduated from Georgetown University in 1971 with a degree in finance.
He and his wife Kathleen have a daughter and a son and live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.