Samuel D. Thompson
|Samuel D. Thompson|
|Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 12th district
January 10, 2012
|Preceded by||Jennifer Beck|
|Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 13th district
January 13, 1998 – January 10, 2012
|Preceded by||JoAnn H. Smith|
|Succeeded by||Declan O'Scanlon|
July 31, 1935 |
|Residence||Old Bridge, New Jersey|
|Alma mater||University of Arkansas (B.S.)
Louisiana State University (Ph.D.)
|Website||Legislative web page|
Samuel D. Thompson (born July 31, 1935) is an American Republican Party politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since January 2012, representing the 12th Legislative district. Prior to redistricting in 2011, he served in the General Assembly from 1998, representing the 13th district.
Thompson was born in Mobile, Alabama and attended public schools in Alabama, Louisiana, and Arkansas. He reached the rank of Specialist Third Class while serving in the U.S. Army from 1955 through 1957. He received a B.S. in 1960 from the University of Arkansas in chemistry and mathematics and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1965 from Louisiana State University in physical chemistry.
He worked as a research chemist at duPont and J.P. Stevens and Company and was employed by the New Jersey Department of Health from 1972-1994 as a chemist and director of clinical laboratory improvement service. He served on the United States Armed Forces Epidemiological Board from 1983-1990. He was appointed by then Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman to serve on the Governor's Education Task Force in 1994 as Co-Chair. He served on the New Jersey Turnpike Authority from 1994-1997 as director of communications and formerly as director of planning, analysis and government relations. Thompson has served on the New Jersey Advisory Council on Elder Care since 1998, served on the Continuing Care Advisory Council from 1998-2002 and on the New Jersey State Council for Adult Literacy Services from 2000-2002.
Thompson was first elected to the General Assembly in 1997 in the northern Monmouth County and northeastern Middlesex County-based 13th district. He served as the Assistant Republican Assembly Leader from 2004-05. He served in the Assembly on the Appropriations Committee and the Human Services Committee.
Following the reapportionment of the legislative districts for the 2010 Census, Thompson's hometown of Old Bridge was moved to the new 12th district which was spread across the counties of Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth, and Middlesex. The four Republican county committees endorsed Thompson to be the Senator from the new district and was elected in the 2011 general election defeating Democrat Robert "Bob" Brown. He sits on three Senate committees (Budget and Appropriations, Environment and Energy, and State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation) and two joint committees (Housing Affordability and Public Schools).
In May 2017, Thompson introduced a bill to designate Streptomyces griseus as New Jersey's State Microbe, to be added to the state's other state symbols. S. griseus was chosen for this honor because it is a New Jersey native that made unique contributions to healthcare and scientific research worldwide. A strain of S. griseus that produced the antibiotic streptomycin was discovered in New Jersey in 1916 and developed into an antibiotic by a Rutgers University team by Albert Schatz and Selman Waksman in 1943. A companion bill was introduced in the Assembly in June 2017 by Annette Quijano.
Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 12th District for the 2016-2017 Legislative Session are:
|Republican||Samuel D. Thompson (incumbent)||32,911||65.4|
|Democratic||Raymond D. Dothard||17,440||34.6|
|Republican||Samuel D. Thompson||22,578||59.9|
|Democratic||Robert "Bob" Brown||15,125||40.1|
- "Senator Samuel D. Thompson (R)". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
- Assembly Member Samuel D. 'Sam' Thompson, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 10, 2007.
- Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey - Two Hundred and Eleventh Legislature (First Session) (PDF). Skinder-Strauss Associates. 2004. pp. 263–264. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
- Senator Thompson's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 20, 2012.
- "Official List Candidates for State Senate For June 2011 Primary Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. May 19, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
- Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 22, 2012.
- Senate, No. 3190 State of New Jersey 217th Legislature Introduced May 15, 2017, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 30, 2017. "Sponsored By: Senator Samuel D. Thompson District 12 (Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth And Ocean) Synopsis: Designates Streptomyces Griseus As New Jersey State Microbe."
- Assembly, No. 4900 State of New Jersey 217th Legislature Introduced June 1, 2017, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 30, 2017. "Sponsored By: Assemblywoman Annette Quijano District 20 (Union) Synopsis: Designates Streptomyces Griseus As New Jersey State Microbe."
- Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 30, 2017.
- "Official List Candidates for State Senate For GENERAL ELECTION 11/05/2015 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 4, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
- Senator Sam Thompson's Official Site
- Senator Thompson's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature
- Assembly Member Samuel D. 'Sam' Thompson, Project Vote Smart
|New Jersey Senate|
|Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 12th District
January 10, 2012 – present
|New Jersey General Assembly|
JoAnn H. Smith
|Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 13th District
January 13, 1998 – January 10, 2012
With: Joseph Azzolina, Amy Handlin