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Samuel Thompson
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New Jersey Senate, District 12
Incumbent
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly, District 13
1998 - 2012
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas-Little Rock
Ph.D.Louisiana State University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army Specialist Third Class
Years of service1955-57
Personal
BirthdayJuly 31, 1935
ProfessionResearch scientist, legislator
CandidateVerification
Samuel D. Thompson (b. July 31, 1935 ) is a Republican member of the New Jersey State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Thompson is a former member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 13 from 1998 to 2012. He was moved into District 12 by the 2011 redistricting process.

Biography

Thompson earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Louisiana State University. His professional experience includes working as director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority from 1995-1997, as a research scientist for six years for DuPont and J.P. Stevens and the director of the New Jersey State Department of Health, Lab Division from 1972 to 1994.

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Thompson served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Budget and Appropriations
Environment and Energy
State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation

2010-2012

In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Thompson served on the following committees:

Issues

  • A964 Eliminates requirement that candidate campaign treasurer reports be filed with county clerk for legislative, local and school board candidates.
  • A965 Prohibits candidates and elected public officials charged with crimes from using campaign contributions for their legal defense.
  • A3365 Establishes Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.[1]

Pensions

Double dipping is a term used to describe the practice of allowing government employees to “retire,” start collecting a pension and then return to work for the state while continuing to receive pension benefits. It is currently permitted in New Jersey. Banning or limiting double dipping is among the proposals in New Jersey to reduce the state pension obligation. Two companion bills, S601 and A860, were introduced in the 2012-2013 legislative session. As of October 2014 neither has reached the floor for a vote. In July 2013 New Jersey Watchdog published an article focusing on double dipping by New Jersey state legislators. The report identified 18 state lawmakers who receive retirement checks totaling $782,000 a year in addition to their legislative salaries. The roster includes leaders of each party in both the Senate and Assembly.[2]
Thompson was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Thompson receives a $51,996 pension per year. The employer at retirement was New Jersey State Assembly.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Thompson won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 12. Thompson was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary and defeated Raymond D. Dothard (D) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[3][4][5][6]

New Jersey State Senate, District 12 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Thompson Incumbent 65.4% 32,911
     Democratic Raymond D. Dothard 34.6% 17,440
Total Votes 50,351

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Thompson won the District 12 State Senate seat in 2011. He was unopposed for the June 7 Republican primary election. Republican incumbent Jennifer Beck is not running for re-election. Thompson defeated Robert Brown in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[7]

New Jersey State Senate District 12 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Thompson 59.8% 18,349
     Democratic Robert "Bob" Brown 40.2% 12,317
Total Votes 30,666

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Thompson ran for re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. He received 38,823 votes (32%), defeating challengers Bob Brown, James Grenafege and Sean Dunne.[8] He was bracketed with Amy Handlin.[9]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirteenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Amy H. Handlin (R) 39,998
Green check mark transparent.png Samuel D. Thompson (R) 38,967
Robert "Bob" Brown (D) 20,371
James Grenafege (D) 18,769

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thompson is available dating back to 1997. Based on available campaign finance records, Thompson raised a total of $1,486,252 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 13, 2013.[10]

Samuel Thompson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 12 Won $293,731
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 13 Won $215,849
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 13 Won $156,773
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 13 Won $268,921
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 13 Won $89,649
2001 New Jersey General Assembly, District 13 Won $178,954
1999 New Jersey General Assembly, District 13 Won $257,919
1997 New Jersey General Assembly, District 13 Won $24,456
Grand Total Raised $1,486,252

2011

Thompson won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $293,731.

2009

Thompson won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $215,849.

2007

Thompson won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $156,773.

2005

Thompson won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $268,921.

2003

Thompson won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $89,649.

2001

Thompson won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2001. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $178,954.

1999

Thompson won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1999. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $257,919.

1997

Thompson won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1997. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $24,456.

Personal

Thompson and his wife, Jacqueline, have three children. They currently reside in Old Bridge, New Jersey.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jennifer Beck
New Jersey State Senate District 12
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New Jersey General Assembly District 13
1998–2012
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