Francis Thompson

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Francis Thompson
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Louisiana State Senate District 34
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $152/per day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember 17, 2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana House of Representatives
Bachelor'sLouisiana Technical University
OtherNortheast Louisiana University
Date of birthOctober 29, 1941
ProfessionAssistant Professor
Office website
Personal website
Francis C. Thompson (b. October 29, 1941) is a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 34.


Thompson earned his BS and MS from Louisiana Technical University. He went on to earn his M.Ed and Ed.D from Northeast Louisiana University.

Professional experience

Thompson was a teacher from 1963 to 1965. He then worked as Vice President of a Manufacturing Corporation from 1965 to 1972. From 1973 to 1974 he was on the Louisiana Committee on Law Enforcement. He also worked as Assistant Professor for the Louisiana Department of Education from 1974 to 1975. He is currently Assistant Professor for Northeast Louisiana University.

Political experience

Thompson was a member of the Richland Parish School Board from 1968 to 1975. He was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 1996. He also served in the Louisiana State House of Representatives from 1975 to 2007. He joined the Louisiana State Senate in 2008. He has served in that position since, representing the 34th district.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Thompson served on the following committees:


In the 2008-2009 legislative session, Thompson served on the following committees:


Thompson has a wife, Marilyn Bryant.



See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Thompson ran for re-election in 2011. She was unopposed in the October 22 primary. 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. However, if no candidate reaches this threshold, then a general election would have taken place on November 19, 2011 between the top-two vote getters.[1]


In 2007 Thompson was elected to the Louisiana State Senate District 34. Thompson (D) finished with 14,301 votes and was followed by Willie Hunter (D) with 11,043 and Paxton Branch (D)with 2,378.[2]

Louisiana State Senate District 34
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Francis Thompson (D) 14,301
Willie Hunter(D) 11,043
Paxton Branch (D) 2,378

Campaign donors


In 2011, Thompson received $181,988 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[3]

Louisiana State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Francis Thompson's campaign in 2011
Dawson Farmsl L C$2,500
Cox, Doris$2,500
Steamship Pilots Association$2,500
Crescent River Port Pilots Association$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $181,988


In 2007, a year in which Thompson was up for election, he collected $177,871 in donations.[4]

His five largest contributors in 2007 were:

Donor Amount
Louisiana Dental Association $2,500
Progressive Merchants Inc. $2,500
Monroe Regional Medical Clinic $2,500
Oakley Oil & Gas LLC $2,500

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