Jeff Thompson

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Jeff Thompson
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Louisiana House of Representatives, District 8
Incumbent
In office
January 9, 2012-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $153/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember 19, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Master'sNortheast Louisiana University, 1988
J.D.Tulane University School of Law, 1995
Personal
BirthdayMarch 10, 1965
Place of birthAlexandria, Louisiana
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jeff R. Thompson is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Thompson unsuccessfully ran for the United States House of Representatives, District 4 seat in 2008.

Biography

Thompson earned his B.B.A. in Real Estate and Insurance from Northeast Louisiana University in 1998 and his J.D. from the Tulane University School of Law in 1995. His professional experience includes working as an associate with the law firm of Weems, Schimipf, Hayter, Gilsoul and Carmouche, Reserve Police Officer with the Monroe Police Department, Associate Director of Development at Northeast Louisiana University, and an Insurance Agent with the Troy & Nichols Mortgage Company.[1]

Committee assignments

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Thompson served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Thompson listed six main issues on his campaign website. Excerpts:

  • Creating jobs and building a stronger economy - "We need to make the state attractive to large and small businesses alike; we need to get to work now creating a more pro-business environment right here in Louisiana... I support lower taxes on businesses, offering and extending tax credits and incentives to help grow businesses and jobs in our state. And I will fight hard to eliminate the bureaucratic red tape and corruption that have become synonymous with doing business in Louisiana. We need advocates for our business owners and workers to achieve a smaller government, more accountability and better jobs!"
  • Cutting waste and lowering taxes - "Our tax system is too complicated, punishes business, and hurts families. We need to overhaul what we give our government and how we want them to spend it. Louisiana families and businesses all across this state make sacrifices every day to live within their means, and I believe our state government should be no different."
  • Fighting illegal immigration - "Illegal immigrants siphon off millions of dollars each year from your state government. They are filling up our prisons and doctors’ offices and depriving legal citizens good-paying jobs...As your state legislator, I promise to work hard to ensure our law enforcement personnel are funded and supported in dealing with those in Louisiana illegally."
  • Protecting our families and our values - "I believe marriage is between one man and one woman and I am pro-life, always have been and always will be. I firmly believe if we, as a state, don’t stand up and protect those who are least able to protect themselves, then we, as individuals, have failed."
  • Serving those who serve us - "I will ensure veterans continue to receive the benefits and respect they have earned and been promised. They kept their promise to us, and we must keep ours to them. And to the active duty and reserve members of the military, I promise to provide you and your family with the support, recognition and respect you deserve. I will be that strong voice for our military and military families and retirees."
  • Defending your right to keep and bear arms - "Whether you are a hunter, sportsman, or simply an enthusiast, owning a gun is your right and not just a privilege. But more importantly, there should be no law that hinders your ability to defend your family, your home, or yourself from violent criminals who wish to do you harm. Whatever the issue, you can be assured that, as your State Representative, I will oppose any new restrictions placed on law-abiding citizens and their right to own firearms."

Elections

2011

See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

On October 22, 2011, Thompson won election to District 61 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He defeated Duke Lowrie in the primary election on October 22 with more than 50 percent of the vote. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary.[2]

Louisiana House of Representatives, District 8 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Thompson 56.8% 4,991
     Republican Duke Lowrie 43.2% 3,803
Total Votes 8,794

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Thompson received $260,596 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[3]

Louisiana House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeff Thompson's campaign in 2011
Thompson, Jeff R$38,736
Branton Tools LLC$2,500
Atkins, John E$2,500
Collier Racing Inc$2,500
Thompson Jr, Ray$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $260,596
Total Votes received in 2011 4,991
Cost of each vote received $52.21

Personal

Thompson is married and has two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jane Smith
Louisiana House of Representatives District 8
2012-present
Succeeded by
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