Stuart Thompson, J.D.

Senior Vice President

Stuart Thompson, J.D., joined CMA in 2022 as Senior Vice President of Government Relations, leading the association’s government relations and political operations.

Thompson has over 15 years of legislative, government and legal experience in California, most recently serving as the Chief Deputy Legislative Secretary in Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration. Having already served as Associate Director of Government Relations at CMA for five years prior to joining the Newsom administration, Thompson’s wealth of experience advocating on behalf of physicians and the patients they serve, makes him uniquely suited for the role.

Thompson started his career practicing law at the law firm Miller and Owen. He attended UC Hastings Law School and worked for the Trust for Public Land and at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. Thompson graduated from Brown University with a degree in political science.

About the CMA Center for Government Relations

The CMA Center for Government Relations is the physician’s voice at the State Capitol. Center staff works with legislators to educate them on how legislation could enhance or threaten patients’ health or a physician’s ability to practice medicine. Each year the Center monitors over 500 bills, and takes an active, public position on over 200 bills. The Center’s activities include reading and tracking bills and amendments, shaping bill language, meeting with legislators, testifying in committee, conducting research, and preparing policy papers and position letters.

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