HHS SECRETARY TOMMY THOMPSON
Hall of Fame Inductee - 2002
“The obvious ‘natural’ for the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is Governor Tommy G. Thompson of Wisconsin, then U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services,” was how South Dakota Governor William Janklow phrased his nomination of Thompson.
Governor Thompson was an avid supporter of motorcyclists, working with motorcyclists rights groups in his state to make certain anti-motorcycle legislation was kept off the books. In 1995 Governor Thompson decided to indulge his passion for Harley-Davidson motorcycles and see the state from the seat of an American legend. As word of his ride spread, 100’s of riders from across the state, and the country, joined him. He made the Governor’s Motorcycle Tour an annual event. The 2002 tour, the eighth annual, was renamed the Black Hills Reunion Ride, making the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum one of its stops. Each of Thompson’s tours was over 1,000 miles.
Secretary Thompson frequently expresses his love of Wisconsin and motorcycling by saying, “Wisconsin, where eagles soar and Harley’s roar.”