Richard Thompson (West Virginia)

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Richard Thompson
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West Virginia House of Delegates District 19
Former member
In office
1980-1982, 2000-June 15, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Speaker, West Virginia House of Delegates
2006 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMarshall University
J.D.West Virginia University College of Law
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1972-1974
Personal
BirthdayOctober 2, 1952
Place of birthLouisa, KY
ReligionBaptist
CandidateVerification
Richard Thompson (b. October 2, 1952) is a former Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, who represented District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000.

He represented District 19 from 2012 to June 15, 2013 and represented District 17 from 2000 to 2012. He served as Speaker of the House from 2006 until 2013. He resigned to take a position as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance. He was appointed to the position by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D).[1]

Thompson served in the West Virginia State House of Delegates from 1980 to 1982.

Biography

Thompson earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Marshall University. He went on to receive his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law.

Thompson has been Divorce Commissioner for Wayne County, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Wayne County, General Council for the Town of Fort Gay, and General Council for Crum/Lavalette Public Service Districts. He also served in the United States Army from 1972 to 1974.[2]

Thompson was a candidate for Governor in the 2011 special election. He placed second in the May 14, 2011 primary, behind Earl Ray Tomblin.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules, Chair
Government and Finance, Chair
Special Investigations, Chair
Interstate Cooperation, Ex officio non-voting

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Thompson served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Thompson served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Thompson ran for re-election in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 19. Thompson and incumbent Don Perdue advanced unopposed in the May 8 primary election. He was challenged by Don Perdue and Randy Tomblin in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Thompson Incumbent 40.7% 7,623
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDon Perdue Incumbent 36.4% 6,817
     Republican Randy Tomblin 23% 4,308
Total Votes 18,748

2011

See also: West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011 and West Virginia state executive official elections, 2011

West Virginia was not scheduled to hold a gubernatorial election until 2012. However, elected Democrat Joe Manchin gave up the seat to join the U.S. Senate in the 2010 midterms. Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, also a Democrat, took over the office as West Virginia does not have a lieutenant governor.

Thompson's gubernatorial platform touched on pushing the legislature to work seriously at dealing with unfunded liabilities; he stated his refusal to consider borrowing from pension funds to meet unrelated liabilities. He also spoke about repairing infrastructure as an end in itself and as a job-creating engine.

On education, Thompson was unequivocally against charter schools and argued for giving teachers more input into education and for building the role of technology in classrooms.[6]

He placed 2nd in the primary, behind Earl Ray Tomblin.

2011 Race for Governor - Democratic Primary
Candidates Percentage
Jeffrey V. Kessler 5.30%
Arnie Moltis 0.38%
John D. Perdue 12.54%
Natalie E. Tenant 17.30%
Richard "Rick" Thompson 24.11%
Green check mark.jpg Earl Ray Tomblin 40.37%
Total votes 126,888

2010

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2010

Thompson was re-elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates District 17. He was one of two candidates running for the two District 17 Delegate positions on the ballot in the November 2, 2010, general election. Since only the two top vote-getters were elected, they were both unopposed.[7][8][9]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 17 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Thompson (D) 6,509 52.42%
Green check mark transparent.png Don C. Perdue (D) 5,909 47.58%
West Virginia State Senate, District 17 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Thompson (D) 2,984 52.83%
Green check mark transparent.png Don C. Perdue (D) 2,664 47.17%

2008

In 2008 Thompson was re-elected to the West Virginia House District 17. Thompson (D) finished with 8,108 votes and was followed by Don Perdue (D) with 7,121 votes and Lisa Peana (R) with 4,624 votes.[10] Thompson raised $186,355 for his campaign fund.[11]

West Virginia House District 17
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Thompson (D) 8,108
Green check mark transparent.png Don Perdue (D) 7,121
Lisa Peana (R) 4,624

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, when Thompson won re-election to the House of Delegates, he collected $562,356 in donations.[12]

His largest contributors in 2010 were $2,000 each, from the following individuals or organizations:

  • Putnam County Federation of Teachers
  • West Virginia Regional Council of Carpenters
  • West Virginia Hospital Association
  • West Virginia Building & Construction Trades Council
  • West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Operating Engineers
  • Tony O'Dell
  • H. Wood Thrasher
  • Paul Farrell, Jr.
  • Lawrence Tweel
  • Robert Bethold, Jr.
  • Robert Fitzsimmons
  • Virginia Lewis
  • Jeremy Jacobs
  • Ken Hicks

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Thompson’s endorsements included the following:

  • The West Virginia AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education[13]

Personal

Thompson and his wife, Beth Chambers, have four children.

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West Virginia House of Representatives District 19
2012–present
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West Virginia House of Representatives District 17
2000–2012
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