Bruce’s public service dates back to 1998 when he was chosen to participate in a small business conference hosted in Washington DC by Newt Gingrich and former RNC chairman Michael Steele. Nationally, 500 candidates were selected and extensively screened for the opportunity to be one of the 50 finalists chosen for the conference.
During the conference, a United States Senator would serve as the host at the 5 member tables and facilitate the discussion and topics including the business climate in our respective states as well as challenges and barriers created by the Federal Government.
Serving His Local Community
From 2008- 2010, Bruce served on the Etowah Scholarship Foundation Board as well as the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter Board. The following year, he began serving on the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber board and served as their board chair in 2012.
He has served on the Advocates for Children advisory board, Truett McConnell University board, chaired First Baptist Cartersville’s personnel committee twice, and served on the Georgia Chamber board.
He currently serves as a board director at First National Community Bank, the Southeast SBA advisory council appointee, and a member of the oversight board for the Georgia World Congress Center. Bruce was also elected in 2013 to serve in the Georgia Senate representing District 14 which includes Bartow, Cherokee and Cobb counties.
A Better Place to Live & Work
Senator Thompson immediately rolled up his sleeves and began utilizing his business experience to make Georgia a better place to live and work, authoring several key pieces of legislation that were signed into law by Governor Deal and Governor Kemp.
Over the past 8 years, he has served as the Chairman of Science and Technology, the Chairman of Veterans, Military, and Homeland Security, and currently chairs Economic Development and Tourism.
Additionally, Senator Thompson has chaired several important study committees on cyber security and travels the country speaking at conferences and meeting with experts in this field.
In 2020, Bruce acknowledged the need to assemble a diverse group of professionals to explore opportunities and solutions to the current racially charged environment. He launched the Systemic Racial Inequality Taskforce comprised of men and women from all spectrums and viewpoints. The collaborative efforts of this taskforce led to the Governor signing Senate Bill 105 which seeks to reduce probation sentences.
Some of the key pieces of legislation that Bruce has been credited with include:
Cyber Security Expert
Bruce’s security clearance and strong entrepreneurial experience causes the Senate to often refer to the Senator as their resident cyber expert on matters that relate to the constant data breaches and security breaches.
In addition to chairing Economic Development and Tourism, other committee assignments included Appropriations, Banking and Financial Institutions, Finance, and Military, Veterans, and Homeland Security.