Jeff R. Thompson

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Jefferson Rowe Thompson
Louisiana State Representative from District 8 (Bossier Parish)
Incumbent
Assumed office
2012
Preceded by Jane H. Smith
Personal details
Born March 1965
Place of birth missing
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Toni Estelle Hurst Thompson
Children Lillie and Rowe Thompson
Residence Bossier City, Bossier Parish, Louisiana
Occupation Lawyer

Jefferson Rowe Thompson, known as Jeff R. Thompson (born March 1965), is a lawyer in Bossier City, Louisiana, and a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 8, a position which he assumed in January 2012.

Thompson is now a candidate in the November 4, 2014 election to succeed the retiring Judge Ford E. Stinson, Jr., a Democrat who serves on the Louisiana 26th Judicial District Court, Division B.[1]

Political life[edit]

Thompson was elected to the House in 2011, when the term-limited incumbent, fellow Republican Jane H. Smith of Bossier City, ran instead, unsuccessfully, for the Louisiana State Senate. Thompson defeated fellow Republican, Duke Lowrie, 4,991 (56.8 percent) to 3,803 (43.3 percent).[2]Smith, meanwhile, was defeated by the Republican businessman Barrow Peacock of Shreveport for the Senate seat vacated by B. L. "Buddy" Shaw.

In 2008, Thompson was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana's 4th congressional district. The seat opened when the incumbent Jim McCrery stepped down to become a lobbyist. Thompson finished in third place in the primary. The positionn went to the Republican physician and businessman John C. Fleming of Minden, who still holds the seat.

In the spring of 2012, Representative Thompson worked to kill an anti-bullying bill sponsored by Patricia Smith, a Democrat from Baton Rouge . Conservative opponents claimed the measure is at odds with freedom of speech rulings by the United States Supreme Court. Thompson offered an amendment, which removed those sections of the bill that specify prohibitions against bullying in regard to sexual orientation, disabilities, and race. Smith said that the Thompson amendment effectively killed the focus of the legislation, and she withdrew it from further consideration.[3]

Duke Lowrie, Thompson's former intraparty rival, was elected in 2012 to the District 8 seat on the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee. He defeated Martin Grau, 77 to 23 percent.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thompson announces bid for district judge". Minden Press-Herald. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Election returns, October 22, 2011". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Will Sentell, "Changes doom bullying proposal," May 1, 2012". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Results for Election Date: 3/24/2012". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jane H. Smith
Louisiana State Representative from District 8 (Bossier Parish)

Jefferson Rowe Thompson
2012–

Succeeded by
Incumbent