Georgia State Senator District 5
I am a life-long resident of Gwinnett County. I graduated from Shiloh High School and attended American University in Washington, D.C. on a full scholarship. I returned back to Georgia to live with family in Lilburn. I have been living in Tucker since 2006.
I have a law degree from Georgia State University and currently practice law in my own small firm called Thompson & Associates in the historic section of Norcross. The firm focuses on business litigation and criminal defense. In addition, we continue to represent labor unions, including groups like the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).
Being active in civic affairs is a passion of mine. My involvement is as diverse as participating in my neighborhood garden club to opposing destructive re-zoning practices. I have worked with city organizations such as the Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, AID Gwinnett, the Sierra Club, Norcross Cooperative Ministries, Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID), the Peachtree Corners Rotary Club, and the Gwinnett County SPLOST Committees. My service does not stop there. I have been active in many other groups and service organizations around the county including worshiping at the Chattahoochee Friends Meeting in Norcross and All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
As a longtime advocate in the Gwinnett County Democratic Party, my values are firmly committed to ensuring that my neighbors have a voice in the State Legislature. For this reason, I ran for a State House seat in 2002 and won my first election to House District 69, becoming one of the youngest members of the Georgia General Assembly at that time. In 2004, I secured a seat in the Georgia State Senate, representing District 5 along the 85 corridor in Gwinnett County. Currently, I serve as the Chairman of the Special Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Rules, Appropriations, Judiciary and Ethics Committees. As the founding president of the Gwinnett Village CID and current member of the Peachtree Corners Rotary Club, I have dedicated much of my service in the State Legislature to economic redevelopment, local business and civic involvement promotion, and the expansion of mass transit in our district as well as the entire state.
I am constantly striving to stay connected with members of my community and to serve their needs. In our district, District 5, I host an open-invitation monthly gathering called the “Citizen Advisory Forum”, allowing members of our district communities and others to communicate with me directly. By learning about current events with each other, I want to make sure their voices are heard on the issues that matter the most to them. And to reach out to those who don’t have a voice in English, I am furthering my continuation of learning Spanish in order to better serve the Spanish speaking members of the district.