Robert Thompson, Arkansas Senator

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Robert Thompson
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Arkansas State Senate District 20
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Senate Majority Leader
2011-2012
Compensation
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$136/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Arkansas House of Representatives
2004-2006
Education
Bachelor'sHendrix College (1993)
J.D.University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville (1997)
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Robert Thompson is a Democratic member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Thompson served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007.

Biography

Thompson's professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Retirement and Social Security Programs
Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight, Chair
Judiciary, Vice Chair
Legislative Council
State Agencies and Governmental Affairs
Children and Youth
Game and Fish Commission Oversight
Rules, Resolutions and Memorials

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:

2014

Thompson's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Creating Job Opportunities

  • Excerpt: "Robert believes state government can promote job creation by attracting new industries and helping to grow Arkansas businesses."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Robert also believes access to higher education is essential to job growth."

Running Government Efficiently

  • Excerpt: "Robert Thompson believes that state government has, and should continue to, provide quality services to its citizens while always keeping a watchful eye on the bottom line."

Challenging Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence

  • Excerpt: "Protecting the most vulnerable members of our community from drugs and violence will always be a goal for Robert Thompson."

Elections

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Incumbent Robert Thompson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Blake Johnson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Johnson defeated Thompson in the general election.[2][3]

Arkansas State Senate, District 20 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBlake Johnson 53.8% 12,096
     Democratic Robert Johnson Incumbent 46.2% 10,405
Total Votes 22,501

2012

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Thompson ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas Senate, District 20. Thompson ran unopposed in the May 22 Democratic primary and defeated Blake Johnson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Arkansas State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Thompson Incumbent 50.8% 13,616
     Republican Blake Johnson 49.2% 13,169
Total Votes 26,785

2010

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2010

Thompson won re-election to the 11th District seat in 2010. He ran uncontested.[7]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Thompson won election to the 11th District Seat in the Arkansas State Senate, defeating opponent Lloyd Clark (R).[8]

Thompson raised $145,052 for his campaign, while Clark raised $11,952.[9]

Arkansas State Senate, District 11 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Thompson (D) 13,816
Lloyd Clark (R) 5,278

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thompson is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Thompson raised a total of $462,565 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 6, 2013.[10]

Robert Thompson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State Senate, District 20 Won $217,811
2010 Arkansas State Senate, District 11 Won $58,040
2008 Arkansas State Senate, District 11 Not up for election $0
2006 Arkansas State Senate, District 11 Won $145,052
2004 Arkansas State House, District 78 Won $41,662
Grand Total Raised $462,565

2012

Thompson won re-election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $217,811.
Arkansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Thompson, Arkansas Senator's campaign in 2012
Stephens Group$5,000
Arkansas Healthcare Association$4,000
Mcdaniel Leadership Pac$3,500
Kirk, Thomas J$3,250
Nucor Corp$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$217,811
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Thompson won re-election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $58,040.

2006

Thompson won election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $145,052.

2004

Thompson won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $41,662.

Scorecards

Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard

The Advance Arkansas Institute, an Arkansas-based nonprofit research and educational organization, released "Arkansas's Freedom Scorecard" in 2012 and 2013. The scorecard seeks to show how Arkansas legislators voted on the principles the Institute seeks to promote. It measures each state legislator in six categories, which include economic freedom, education reform, good government, personal liberty, small government and tax/budget policy. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute.[11] Thompson received a score of 66% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 21st out of 34 members of the Arkansas State Senate that were evaluated for the study. Thompson received a score of 57% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 26th out of 35 members of the Arkansas State Senate that were evaluated for the study.

Personal

Thompson and his wife, Tori, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Teague (D)
Arkansas State Senate District 20
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Arkansas State Senate District 11
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Jimmy Hickey, Jr. (R)