Everyone has been wondering who will challenge Mark Butler in the spring for Georgia’s next Labor Commissioner. On Friday Republican state senator Bruce Thompson announced that he would be the one to challenge Butler for this title.
“The Department of Labor has been completely mismanaged and has failed the citizens of Georgia,” Thompson states. “It’s time for fresh ideas, new leadership, and a solution-oriented approach to cut through the bureaucratic red tape, empower small businesses in our state and get hardworking Georgians the benefits they deserve.” As a business owner of multiple businesses, Bruce understands the importance of fixing Georgia’s department of labor and is already taking steps towards positive change.
Bruce Thompson has served in the Georgia State Senate since 2013, representing Bartow, Cherokee, and parts of Cobb County. Over the past 7 years in the Senate, he has served as the Chairman of Science and Technology, Veterans, Military, and Homeland Security, and currently chairs Economic Development and Tourism.
It has often been said that Bruce Thompson is not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting dirty. Whether on a jobsite or just volunteering, he is not afraid of work especially if it involves helping others. His “get it done” spirit, rooted in his childhood from Montana growing up on a farm, life was anything but easy. After attending college on a wrestling scholarship, Bruce went on to service four years in the United States Military as a Tank Commander.
Since his time serving in the military, Bruce has been referred to as a serial entrepreneur because of the variety of businesses he has successfully launched or turned around.
He initiated his first venture when he was 10 years old by selling fresh milk from the farm to local school bus drivers. When he turned 22, he launched The Thompson Group in South Florida to provide tenant improvements to 11 shopping centers.
Since then, Bruce has successfully started 2 automatic swimming pool cover businesses that grew to become the largest in the Southeast prior to being acquired in 2018. In 2007, he formed The Thompson Insurance Group from scratch, and over the next 9 years grew it to 6 offices and over 10 million in premiums.
Bruce lives in Cartersville, Georgia with his wife Rebecca (Becky), daughter Faith and son Maxwell. Although credited with many business and political accolades over the years, Bruce’s biggest accomplishments are raising his two children alongside his wife of 24 years, Becky.