Samuel D. Thompson

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Samuel D. Thompson
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 12th district
Assumed office
January 10, 2012
Preceded by Jennifer Beck
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 13th district
In office
January 13, 1998 – January 10, 2012
Preceded by JoAnn H. Smith
Succeeded by Declan O'Scanlon
Personal details
Born (1935-07-31) July 31, 1935 (age 81)
Mobile, Alabama
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jacqueline
Children three
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.[1][2][3]

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.[1]

He currently resides in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey and is married to the former Jacqueline P. Haycock.[3]

Political career[edit]

Thompson was chair of the Middlesex County Republican Organization from 1987 until 1994 and was a delegate to every Republican National Convention from 1988 through 2012.[1][3]

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.[4]

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[5] and was elected in the 2011 general election defeating Democrat Robert "Bob" Brown.[6] 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).[1]

District 12[edit]

Each of the forty 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 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:[7]

Election history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Samuel D. Thompson (incumbent) 32,911 65.4
Democratic Raymond D. Dothard 17,440 34.6
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Samuel D. Thompson 22,578 59.9
Democratic Robert "Bob" Brown 15,125 40.1
Republican hold


  1. ^ a b c d "Senator Samuel D. Thompson (R)". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ Assembly Member Samuel D. 'Sam' Thompson, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 10, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c 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. 
  4. ^ Senator Thompson's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ a b Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 22, 2012.
  7. ^ Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 22, 2012.
  8. ^ "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. 

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New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Jennifer Beck
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 12th District
January 10, 2012 – present
Succeeded by
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
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
Succeeded by
Declan O'Scanlon