Michael R. Thompson (South Carolina)

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Michael Thompson
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Former candidate for
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 34
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSouth Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics
Bachelor'sUnited States Naval Academy
Master'sThe College of William and Mary
J.D.The College of William and Mary
Campaign website
Michael Thompson was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 34 of the South Carolina House of Representatives.[1]


After growing up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Thompson graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics in 1995.[2]

Thompson earned his bachelor's degree in History from the United States Naval Academy in 1999. He went on to earn his M.B.A with a focus in finance and marketing and his J.D. with a focus in taxation and corporate law from The College of William and Mary in 2005.[3]


Campaign themes


Thompson listed the following issues on his campaign website:[4]

  • Ethics reform
Excerpt: "We need an independent, nonpartisan, directly elected body to determine if ethical violations exist. This commission should address all of the ethics cases for all elected officials in the state...Penalties should be increased to give serious weight to the ethical violations. One way to do this would be to provide for treble damages, or a penalty equal to three times the amount of money involved in the offense. "
  • Lobbying limitations for legislators
Excerpt:"Lifetime prohibition on lobbying for legislators."
  • Retirement reform
Excerpt: "The privilege of serving the people of South Carolina is just that: a privilege, not a career. Under this reform, folks could keep their previously earned state retirement years, but would not be eligible to earn new years."
  • A cap on outside income for state legislators
Excerpt: "Members of the US House and Senate have a cap on the amount of money they earn from outside sources. They also have rules about what types of income they can earn, and must disclose the source(s) of their outside income. Adopting this rule in South Carolina would keep legislators focused on their duties to the people of our state."



See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Michael Thompson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mike Forrester defeated Gaye Holt in the Republican primary. Thompson was defeated by Forrester in the general election.[5][6][1]

South Carolina State House, District 34, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Forrester Incumbent 65.2% 6,356
     Democratic Michael Thompson 34.8% 3,385
Total Votes 9,741
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 34 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Forrester Incumbent 57.3% 1,901
Gaye Holt 42.7% 1,416
Total Votes 3,317

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