Richard Thompson (West Virginia legislator)

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Richard Thompson
West Virginia House of Delegates District 17
Assumed office
Current term ends
Political party Democratic
Profession Attorney
Website House website
Richard Thompson (b. October 2, 1952) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. He has represented District 17 since 2000 and currently serves as Speaker of the House. Previously, Thompson served in the West Virginia State House of Delegates from 1980 to 1982.

Thompson earned his BS in Criminal Justice from Marshall University. He went on to receive his JD 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.[1]

Committee assignments

Election history


See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2010

Thompson is running for re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates District 17. He is 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 are elected, they are each essentially unopposed. [2]


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.[3] Thompson raised $186,355 for his campaign fund.[4]

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


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
West Virginia House of Representatives District 17
Succeeded by