Thurgood served in each branch of the federal government. He was a member of the White House senior staff in the Clinton Administration, holding the position of assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary from 1997 to 2001. In that position, he was President Clinton’s liaison between the president and the executive branch agencies. He was a member of the President’s Management Council and the Continuity in Government team and he directed White House responses to natural disasters and transportation emergencies, including commercial aircraft crashes. Thurgood co-chaired the White House Olympic Task Force and coordinated the involvement of the federal government in the preparations for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Prior to his appointment as Cabinet Secretary, Thurgood was director of legislative affairs and deputy counsel to Vice President Al Gore. He held a position on the Senate leadership staff and played a leading role on a wide range of legislative priorities throughout the first term of the Clinton Administration. Before that, he was counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, as well as the Governmental Affairs Committee. He worked on legislative initiatives ranging from antitrust, criminal procedure, corporate crime, insurance, intellectual property and telecommunications, to consumer protection, transportation safety and product liability.
Thurgood began his legal career as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Barrington D. Parker of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, working on a full docket of cases, including United States v. B&O Railroad and United States v. Hinckley.
Thurgood has extensive political experience in the United States and abroad. He has held senior positions on a number of political campaigns including the Clinton-Gore campaigns in 1992 and 1996, and the 1988 Gore for President campaign. Thurgood was a Democratic Convention delegate representing Virginia in 1996 and served on the Rules Committee during the 2004 Democratic Convention.
He serves on the boards of Corrections Corporation of America, Genesco, the Ethics Resource Center, the National Women’s Law Center and the Ford Foundation. He has been a member of the Ethics Committee of the United States Olympic Committee since 2001. He was appointed by President George W. Bush on the recommendation of Senator Harry Reid to serve as a member of the board of governors of the United States Postal Service where he served as chairman prior to completing his term of service in 2012. He is a former board member of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.
He is a principal in Bingham Consulting.