Senator Bruce Thompson (R–White) represents District 14 in the State Senate, which is includes Bartow, Cherokee and Cobb counties. The district stretches from highway 140 to highway 92, and from highway 41 to Interstate 575.
For the 2019-2020 session, it is no surprise that Senator Thompson has been selected to serve on the Veterans, Military, and Homeland Security committee as the Chairman. Over the past 4 years, he chaired important study committees on cyber security and traveled the country meeting with experts in this field. He introduced several pieces of cyber related legislation and is credited with fighting to get Georgia positioned to secure Cyber Insurance for the state agencies. Whether it is his clearances or his knowledge and experience, the Senate often refers to the Senator as their resident expert in this field. Bruce also serves on the Banking and Financial Institutions committee as the Secretary, the Finance committee as a Sub-committee Chairman, and Appropriations.
Chores began at 5 AM each morning on the struggling ranch before boarding the bus for the long trek toward school nearly 30 miles away. At 11, he started operating heavy machinery (grain trucks, tractors, combines, etc.) in an effort to help stay off the banks that threatened foreclosure. Eventually, those threats became reality, and the family farm was lost to the bank.
After suffering a devastating knee injury his senior year during a football game and needing major reconstruction surgery, Bruce battled back to join the wrestling team mid-season. The following year, he attended Montana State University-Northern on a wrestling scholarship, but reinjured that knee during a match. Senator Thompson proudly served four years in the U.S. Army National Guard in a tank division.
Bruce began his first business venture in the 5th grade negotiating a deal with his school bus driver to provide fresh milk for $1.00 a gallon. 15 years later, Bruce built and sold his first corporation to a group of investors. This sale provided the seed funding to launch several new ventures including 5 insurance agencies that were sold in 2016. The Senator currently owns 2 software companies, an automatic pool cover business, and a funeral home/cremation center. He also enjoys motivational speaking, business mentoring, and writing.
Bruce and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years, and have two children, Faith (18) and Max (14). They are members of First Baptist Church, where Bruce often teaches and serves in various ministries.
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