Bill Thomas was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives who represented the 22nd District of California (map) from 1979 to 2007. In February 2007, The Hill reported that Thomas will join the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute as a "visiting fellow." 
The Hill added, "After he announced his retirement last year, Thomas repeatedly said he would not seek a position as a lobbyist. Thomas earned a reputation as an expert on a wide array of tax, trade and healthcare issues during his 14 terms in the House and six years as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means panel." 
Thomas was born in Wallace, Idaho, was educated at San Francisco State University, and was a faculty member at Bakersfield Community College and a member of the California State Assembly before entering the House.
Thomas was the Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, though term limits prevented him from retaining that position after 2006. His position in this committee made him one of the most powerful members of Congress. When The Washingtonian polled congressional aides on the "best and worst" of Congress, Thomas was voted #1 for "brainiest," "workhorse," "meanest" and overwhelmingly for "hottest temper" in the House.
Thomas announced that he would retire at the end of his term. Democrats nominated Sharon Beery and Republicans nominated Kevin McCarthy to contest the November 2006 election for his vacant seat. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) 
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