Bruce’s public service dates back to 1998, when he was chosen to participate in a small business conference in Washington, DC, hosted by former Speaker of the House 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 moderated the five member tables and facilitated discussion regarding the business climates in members’ respective states, as well as challenges and barriers created by the federal government.
Serving His Local Community
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, to streamline probation sentencing for non-violent offenders in order to help them become productive citizens once their debt to society has been paid.
Results of Bruce's Key Legislation Include:
Cyber Security Expert
Due to his high-level government security clearances and his extensive knowledge of information systems, Senator Thompson is considered by his colleagues as the Georgia Senate’s resident cybersecurity expert. He consults on how to protect against the rapidly increasing number of security breaches resulting in data theft.
In addition to chairing Economic Development and Tourism, other committee assignments included Appropriations, Banking and Financial Institutions, Finance, and Military, Veterans, and Homeland Security.