Dave Thompson

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Dave Thompson
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Minnesota State Senate, District 58
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
Assistant Minority Leader, Minnesota State Senate
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota
J.D.University of Minnesota
Date of birthOctober 2, 1961
ProfessionAttorney/Radio Host
Office website
Campaign website
Dave Thompson (b. October 2, 1961) is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 58. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. In the 2013 session, Thompson served as an Assistant Minority Leader before stepping down that July to focus on a gubernatorial run.[1]

On June 26, 2013, Thompson announced his bid for Governor of Minnesota.[2] He dropped out of the gubernatorial race on June 1, 2014.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Thompson earned his bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Dakota, and his law degree from the University Of Minnesota Law School in 1987. His professional experience includes working as an attorney, focusing his practice on small business work, contracts, estate planning and litigation. Thompson also has experience on radio and TV, hosting The Dave Thompson Show for seven and a half years, and participating in a debate segment on At Issue with Tom Hauser, an Emmy Award winning news program.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Thompson served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
State and Local Government


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


Campaign themes


Thompson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Jobs and Business

  • Excerpt: "Like everyone, I am concerned about high unemployment and the pressure this puts on families. Good jobs are provided by thriving businesses."


  • Excerpt: "Taxes are a necessary evil. The revenues are used to fund public goods. However, taxes are a drag on the economy. Therefore taxes should be as low as possible, and tax laws should be straightforward and easy to understand."

Social Policy

  • Excerpt: "I am and always have been staunchly pro life. Society must protect its most vulnerable members. It is horrifying to think of the number of people who have been killed in the name of privacy rights. I believe in the traditional definition of family."


  • Excerpt: "Education policy should be set at the local level. Parents, family members, friends and neighbors are in the best position to determine what is best for their children. I am a strong supporter of home schooling and private education as well."

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Dave Thompson endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [5]



See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014

Thompson was running for election as Governor of Minnesota. Thompson sought the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 12, 2014. He dropped out of the race on June 1, 2014.[6] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Thompson won election in District 58 for the Minnesota State Senate. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Andrew Brobston (D) in the general election on November 6.[7]

Minnesota State Senate, District 58, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Thompson Incumbent 57.7% 24,097
     Democratic Andrew Brobston 42.3% 17,686
Total Votes 41,783


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Thompson had no opponent in the primary. He defeated Steve Quist (DFL) in the general election.[8]

Minnesota State Senate, District 36 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Thompson (R) 23426 63.05%
Steve Quist (DFL) 13686 36.84%
Write-In 42 0.11%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thompson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Thompson raised a total of $73,016 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[9]

Dave Thompson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 36 Won $31,817
2010 Minnesota State Senate, District 36 Won $41,199
Grand Total Raised $73,016


Thompson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $31,817.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dave Thompson's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$7,878
Chaz Johnson Volunteer Committee$1,000
Minnesota Oncology Hematology$750
SD58 GOP$700
Hamilton, Eleanor$500
Total Raised in 2012$31,817
Source:Follow the Money


Thompson won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $41,199.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.

Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."[10]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.


In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.

Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."[11]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[12]
Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."[13]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[14]


Thompson received a score of 100% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 1st out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[15]


Thompson received a score of 100% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 1st out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[16]


Thompson received a score of 92% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 1st out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[17]


Thompson and his wife, Rhonda, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Higgins (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 58
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Patricia Pariseau (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 36
Succeeded by
John Hoffman (R)