July 11, 2018: Mike Thomson was re-appointed as a Member of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education by Gov. Mike Parson on Monday, July 2, 2018. Thomson, of Maryville, was a Member of the Missouri State House of Representatives from 2007 to 2015, representing Atchison, Holt, Nodaway and Worth Counties. As a Representative, he was the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Education and the Chairman of Higher Education. Thomson was also previusly an instructor at Northwest Missouri State University. He received a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University.