Rick Thompson

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This article is about Rick Thompson, a West Virginia politician. For other uses, see Richard Thompson (disambiguation).
Rick Thompson
Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates
In office
January 10, 2007 – June 15, 2013
Preceded by Robert S. Kiss
Succeeded by Tim Miley
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 19th district
In office
December 1, 2012 – June 15, 2013
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 17th district
In office
December 1, 2000 – December 1, 2012
Preceded by Jerry "Mike" Damron
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 12th district
In office
December 1, 1980 – December 1, 1982
Personal details
Born (1952-10-02) October 2, 1952 (age 61)
Louisa, Kentucky, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Beth Chambers
Children Richard Wesley
Rachel F. Bailey
Wade D.
Dalton A.
Residence Lavalette, West Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater Marshall University (B.S.)
West Virginia University College of Law (J.D.)
Profession Attorney
Religion Baptist

Richard "Rick" Thompson (born October 2, 1952) is a former Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 17th District since 2000. He served as Speaker of the House from January 2007 to June 2013. He earlier served as a Delegate from 1981 through 1983. He unsuccessfully ran for Governor of West Virginia in 2011, coming in second place behind acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Thompson resigned from the House of Delegates in June 2013 after being appointed by Tomblin to serve as West Virginia Secretary of Veterans Assistance. [1]

Thompson holds degrees from Marshall University and West Virginia University College of Law.

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