Press Release for the Economic Development Summit in Athens


For Immediate Release

For information contact: Cindy Morley,


ATHENS – Bruce Thompson, Chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee and Republican nominee for Georgia Labor Commissioner, joined Governor Brian Kemp, Mike Jaronski of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and State Rep. Ron Stephens in celebrating the state’s successes in economic development and tourism at the three day Economic Development Summit in Athens. The conference is a premier annual event for the state and this year drew more than 400 professionals from across the state.


Thompson joined Stephens in leading the Joint House and Senate Joint Committee on Economic Development and Tourism Seminar and applauded the efforts of officials across the state for their continuing efforts to keep Georgia on the forefront of economic and business growth. He pointed to the successes in his own district in Bartow County and North Georgia, including LakePoint Sports, the premier youth sports destination in the country which serves more than 30 sports year-round, including baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics and cheer.


Thompson’s hometown of Cartersville is also the first city in Georgia to have three Smithsonian Museums – Hall Booth Western Art, Telly’s Science and Savoy Automobile, which have all been major economic drivers in the state.


“Georgia has grown so much and continues to keep moving forward,” said Thompson, who is leaving the Senate to run for Labor Commissioner. “But now is not the time to slow down. We need to keep pushing forward to ensure that Georgia remains the No. 1 state in the country to do business.


“Even though this is my last year as Chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee, I will not be slowing down in looking for ways to bring more jobs to the state,” Thompson said. “In fact, as Georgia’s next Labor Commissioner, that will be among my top priorities. I will also be laser-focused on ensuring that Georgia has a strong workforce pool to fill the jobs being created across this state and ensuring that Georgia is a business-friendly state. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Kemp and the General Assembly, we were able to maintain Georgia’s ranking as the No. 1 state in the country to do business. I am proud to have played a major role in that success and look forward to continuing this work as Georgia’s next Labor Commissioner.”


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.

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