|Louisiana House of Representatives, District 8|
|January 9, 2012-Present|
|January 11, 2016|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$6,000/year for expenses; $149/day per diem|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 19, 2011|
|First elected||November 19, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Master's||Northeast Louisiana University, 1988|
|J.D.||Tulane University School of Law, 1995|
|Birthday||March 10, 1965|
|Place of birth||Alexandria, Louisiana|
Thompson unsuccessfully ran for the United States House of Representatives, District 4 seat in 2008.
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.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Thompson served on the following committees:
- House Committee on Homeland Security
- Joint Committee on Homeland Security
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."
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.
|Louisiana House of Representatives, District 8 Blanket Primary, 2011|
In 2011, Thompson received $260,596 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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|
Thompson is married and has two children.
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