Ginni Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas: 5 quick facts

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Judge Clarence Thomas and wife Ginni Thomas in 2021.

Virginia “Ginni” Thomas is a conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The couple has been married since 1987.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Ginni Thomas could be called before the January 6th committee over controversial texts

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GettyVirginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, moderates a panel discussion during the Conservative Political Action Conference February 23, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Ginni Thomas and her husband have come under scrutiny over text messages she exchanged with President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, after the 2020 election. The Wall Street Journal reported the texts came out after the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol received White House recordings. The newspaper reported that Judge Thomas “was the only dissent on Jan. 19 when the court denied Mr. Trump’s emergency motion to block the transmission of White House filings to the Jan. 6 committee.”

Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa were given copies of the texts. According to the newspaper, Ginni Thomas called President Joe Biden’s victory “the biggest heist in our history” and called on Meadows to help bring down the election. As reported by CBS News, it was not clear if Judge Thomas was aware of his wife’s text messages.

In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon in early March 2022, Ginni Thomas confirmed that she attended the January 6 rally but left early because she was cold. She said she was not involved in organizing the rally and dismissed the idea that her activities created a conflict of interest for her husband. “Like so many married couples, we share many of the same ideals, principles and aspirations for America. But we have our own careers and also our own ideas and opinions. Clarence doesn’t discuss his work with me and I don’t include him in my work.”

The House inquiry into Jan. 6 will “likely” call Ginni Thomas for an interview, CNN reported. The committee has subpoena authority.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has urged Justice Thomas to “retire from any case related to the Jan. 6 investigation and should Donald Trump run again, certainly related to the 2024 election,” according to a statement his office. The Washington Post reports that Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Amy Klobuchar are also calling for his waiver.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News that any decision on the denial ultimately rests with Judge Thomas himself.


2. Ginni Thomas grew up in Nebraska and graduated from law school but does not appear to have an active license to practice law now


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Ginni Thomas was born Virginia Lamp in 1957 and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. Her parents, Donald and Marjorie Lamp, were “active in Nebraska Republican politics,” the Baltimore Sun reported in 1991. According to their mother’s and father’s obituaries, they both died in 2009. Ginni Thomas has two brothers and one sister.

In a 2016 endorsement video for Senator Ted Cruz, Ginni Thomas credited her mother with inspiring her political activism. “A lot of people know me because of my husband who is on the Supreme Court, but the truth is I’m my mother’s daughter,” said Ginni Thomas. She explained that Marjorie Lamp served as a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention.

Ginni Thomas studied business communications and political science at Creighton University, the Baltimore Sun reported. After working for Republican Rep. Hal Daub on Capitol Hill in the early 1980s, she returned to Creighton University for a law degree.

A 2001 Creighton School of Law article, published after Judge Thomas and his wife attended the school, confirms that Gini Thomas graduated from law school. The article mentioned that her parents still lived in Omaha at the time.

As of this writing, Ginni Thomas does not appear to be a licensed attorney at this time. Your name will not appear when searching for attorney records in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia. She is also not listed in Avvo, a national legal database.


3. Ginni Thomas remains active in conservative political groups and President Trump has appointed her to the Board of Directors of the Library of Congress Trust Fund

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GettySupreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (R) and Virginia Thomas arrive for the State Dinner at the White House September 20, 2019 in honor of Australian Prime Minister Morrison.

Ginni Thomas currently serves on the Council for National Policy (CNP) board, she confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon, but said her activity with the group is limited. “At CNP I moderated a session here and there. I also made some comments there once,” said Ginni Thomas. On its website, the CNP describes itself as a “leader of the conservative movement” and states that it believes in limited government and strong national defence. The group’s website also states, “WE BELIEVE that the Founding Fathers created this nation based on Judeo-Christian values ​​and that our culture thrives when we uphold them.”

The New York Times also reported in February 2022 that Ginni Thomas “founded a group called Groundswell with the support of Stephen K. Bannon, the hard-line nationalist and former Trump adviser. It holds a weekly gathering of influential conservatives, many of whom are working directly on issues brought to court.” According to Intercept, the organization “is being touted as a plan to launch a ’30-front war’ against left-wing activists and the GOP establishment respectively”.

In addition, Ginni Thomas is currently a member of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board. President Trump appointed her to the position in May 2020, Fox News reported. Presidential appointments to the board have a 5-year term, as explained on the Library of Congress website.


4. Ginni Thomas founded her own conservative advocacy group and served as a delegate at the 2016 Republican National Convention

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GettyAssociate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife and conservative activist Virginia Thomas arrive at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Ginni Thomas has been active in Republican politics since the 1980s. After graduating from law school, she returned to Washington, D.C. to work briefly for Rep. Daub, the Baltimore Sun reported. She started working as an employment lawyer at the Chamber of Commerce in 1985, the newspaper added.

According to Open Secrets, a database that tracks money in politics, she founded her own conservative advocacy group called Liberty Central in 2009. Under the Board Members tab, Ginni Thomas is listed as President and CEO.

The group merged with the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty in 2010, the Daily Caller reported at the time. The article described Liberty Central as being affiliated with the Tea Party.

Ginni Thomas became a contributor to the Daily Caller in 2011, according to her personal website and biography in the Daily Caller. Fox News host Tucker Carlson launched the site in 2010.

However, it’s unclear how long she’s been associated with the site as her bio is outdated. Her age is listed in her bio as 54 and as of this writing Ginni Thomas is 65 years old. Her biography describes her as “a special correspondent for the Daily Caller, producing videos of emerging leaders and educators in the public square. As a social entrepreneur, she has an open ear outside of the Washington Beltway.”

Ginni Thomas previously worked for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Her archived biography on the website shows her most recent position with the Heritage Foundation as Director of Executive Branch Relations.

In 2016, Ginni Thomas served as the Virginia delegate at the Republican National Convention, according to her personal website.


5. Ginni Thomas asked Anita Hill to apologize to her husband 2 decades after the hearings

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GettyVirginia Thomas, wife of US Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, wipes away tears as she listens to Judge Thomas’ opening statement September 10, 1991 during the confirmation hearings before the US Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ginni Thomas met Clarence Thomas in 1985 when he was chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Baltimore Sun reported. They married two years later at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Omaha.

The couple had no children of their own, but Ginni Thomas became a stepmother. Justice Thomas had a son, Jamal Thomas, from his first marriage. In 1991, Jamal Thomas was 19 and living with his father and stepmother, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Clarence Thomas was confirmed in October 1991 despite a controversial confirmation hearing in the Supreme Court. Former assistant Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment and famously testified during the hearing, as summarized on History.com. Thomas denied the allegations.

Ginni Thomas supported her husband. Almost 20 years later, she made headlines when she called Anita Hill to ask her to apologize to Judge Thomas. The New York Times reported in 2010 that Ginni left a voicemail for Thomas Hill. Hill played the recording to the newspaper:

Good morning Anita Hill, this is Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would appreciate it if at some point you would consider an apology and a full explanation as to why you did what you did to my husband. So think about it. And of course, pray about it and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. Have a nice day.

Ginni Thomas confirmed leaving the messages for Hill and told the Times she meant it as an “olive branch”. There was no explanation as to why she reached out so many years after the crime.

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