Chris Thieneman
Thieneman in November 2009
No. 75, 91     
Defensive tackle / Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-06-06) June 6, 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth: Louisville, Kentucky
Career information
College: Louisville
Undrafted in 1988
Debuted in 1992 for the San Antonio Riders
Last played in 1994 for the Sacramento Gold Miners
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 1988) *
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* AP honorable mention All-American (1986)

Christopher Allen Thieneman (born June 6, 1965) is a former American college football player who was a defensive lineman in the World League of American Football (WLAF) and the Canadian Football League (CFL) during the early 1990s. He played for the San Antonio Riders of the WLAF, and the Sacramento Gold Miners of the CFL. Thieneman played collegiately at the University of Louisville, where he was an honorable mention All-American.

Early yearsEdit

Thieneman was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Bishop David High School where he lettered three years in football as a defensive end.[1] During his senior year, he earned All-County, All-District and All-State honors.[1] Following graduation, Thieneman enrolled at the University of Louisville after being recruited to play college football for the Cardinals by coach Bob Weber. He played his first two seasons as a backup linebacker before being redshirted in 1985 due to a shoulder injury.[2] Under coach Howard Schnellenberger, Thieneman returned to the football field in 1986, making the switch to the defensive tackle position.[2] As a junior, he recorded 53 tackles (40 solo)[1] and earned honorable mention All-America honors by the Associated Press,[3] which also named him to the All-South Independent team.[1] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management.

Professional careerEdit

In 1988, Thieneman signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys as a defensive end, but did not appear in a single regular season game and was released from the offseason practice squad. He played professional football in Canada for four years, ending his career in the Canadian Football League with the Sacramento Gold Miners.

Political careerEdit

After football, Thieneman began working in the family real estate business and obtained a real estate license. Thieneman took over operation of the family business and established his own development company. His developments include trailer parks,[4][5] family-based subdivisions, low-income apartments [6] and office complexes in the Greater Louisville Metro area. Thieneman is one of the largest owners of vacant property on Dixie Highway.

Thieneman ran in the Republican primary for Congress in Kentucky's 3rd congressional district in 2008.[7] In May 2010, Thieneman ran for Mayor of Louisville in the Republican primary but lost to Hal Heiner.[7] Heiner would eventually lose narrowly to current Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

In Spring of 2012, Thieneman filed to run for 37th district's state senate seat,[8] narrowly defeating former Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins in the Republican primary in May.[citation needed] Thieneman lost by a wide margin in the general election to incumbent Democrat State Senator Perry Clark.[9]

Despite numerous attempts, Thieneman has never won election to any public office.

Political ScandalsEdit

In 2010, during his campaign for Louisville mayor, Thieneman participated in an interview with the Courier Journal editorial board to seek the newspaper's endorsement. In the interview, Thieneman admitted to bribing a county official in order to get approval for a trailer park from the local planning commission despite heavy opposition from nearby residents. The request was granted by the planning commission, and a trailer park was built along a narrow piece of land in the middle of a middle class neighborhood.[10]

In the fall of 2012, it was alleged by a local blog that Thieneman did not reside in the district in which he filed to represent.[11] Thieneman has repeatedly denied that he lives outside the district,[12] but depositions by citizens, photographic evidence and voting records suggest Thieneman has multiple residences in Jefferson County, Ky. The residence in question is the location of a Thieneman-owned commercial business - a self-storage locker business.[11]

In October 2012, a lawsuit was filed by district resident Robert Walker that challenged Thieneman's residency. The suit alleged Thieneman did not live in the 37th district and therefore was not a legal candidate. Judge Charles Cunningham ordered on November 2, 2012, that Thieneman produce utility bills from his supposed residence at the storage business as well as a home Thieneman owns on Brownsboro Road. The utility bills were supposed to have proven exactly where Thieneman was living, but the judge's order was never fulfilled by Thieneman and the case was passed.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Thieneman is one of the original founders of the Mint Jubilee, a Kentucky Derby-themed charity event that raises money for The James Brown Cancer Center in Louisville. The event has been mired in controversy and was alleged to have misappropriated funds originally meant for the charity.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Weavers, Chance; Hyde, Bob; Sellers, Greg (1992). "Riders' Newcomers". 1992 San Antonio Riders Media Guide. San Antonio Riders. p. 50.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lawson, Gil (August 20, 1986). "Schnellenberger has no miracles, but more size". Park City Daily News.,4793288&dq=thieneman. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  3. "AP All-America selections". Associated Press. Reading Eagle. December 4, 1986.,3043774. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gazaway, Charles (September 8, 2009). "Thieneman announces mayoral candidacy". WAVE 3. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  8. "About Us". Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  11. 11.0 11.1
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