Thompson, a Cartersville business owner, made his announcement from the courthouse steps as he begins a lengthy campaign leading up to the 2014 election to replace State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, who will be vacating the seat in hopes of winning the congressional election for Georgia’s 11th District currently held by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta. Gingrey will be running for the Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.
Introducing Thompson Tuesday was LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center partner and veteran State Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs.
“It’s my honor today to introduce a man that I’ve come to know over the last two years, almost three years, working up here,” Ehrhart said. “He came to me and asked what I thought of a brand new adventure for Bruce Thompson and in that adventure, he wanted to know what I thought of him as a Georgia Senator.
“That didn’t take hardly any time at all to evaluate. What I’ve come to know about Bruce Thompson is that he is one of the hardest-working individuals I know. His basic makeup is a man of faith. All of you know the strength of his faith, his commitment to our Lord, the clear path that he follows. Everything he does, he places in that context.”
Thompson spoke to supporters Tuesday about a need for conservative leadership and emphasized characteristics of faith, family and community service as he makes a bid to fill the vacant seat in the Senate.
“I’ve always been a strong fiscal and social conservative Republican,” Thompson said. “We need strong leadership in this community. As you’ve heard, Sen. Barry Loudermilk has announced his candidacy to run for Congress. Barry has been a friend of this community and district for 14 years. He’s been a champion for the district and we thank him for his service.
“As he strives to take his conservative values to the federal level, I am not willing to stand on the sidelines for the future of our children and grandchildren. This is a turning point in our community.”
Although not originally from Georgia, Thompson expressed a passion and commitment to the region and gave a brief history of his personal background. Raised on a farm in Montana, Thompson shared stories of waking up at 5 a.m. for daily chores before school and again after athletic practices.
He credits his childhood and his parents for a strong work ethic and self-reliance. Thompson attended college on a wrestling scholarship before serving four years in the U.S. Army as a “tank man.”
“I was raised in rural Montana as a farm boy,” Thompson said. “We had very little means, but what we did have was a strong faith. A faith that helped shape who we are as a family, who we are as community people, who we are as people that are your neighbors and your friends.
“That part of my life is what shaped the individual you see here today, someone that has a strong work ethic, someone that’s willing to serve, not only the people, but the community, unselfishly.”
Today, Thompson is president and CEO of The Thompson Group Allstate and owner of Coverstar Automatic Covers. He also is immediate past chair of the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and an active member of Cartersville First Baptist Church.
Thompson is married to his wife of 16 years, Becky Thompson, and is father of 12-year-old daughter, Faith, and 8-year-old son, Max.
For more information, visit www.brucethompsonga.com or search for his campaign on Facebook.