Occupation: Allergy Consultant, State Representative
Occupational Background: Plant science; Hollister Stier Labs; Bayer Corporation
Educational Background: Taft High School; B.S., Biology, Western Oregon University (Oregon College of Education); graduate work, Botany and Plant Pathology, OSU.
Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative; Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources; House Health Care Committee; Environment and Water Committee; Monmouth City Council; Chair, Polk County Fire District #1
Real Solutions to Real Problems
Focused on Job Creation
Jim Thompson proved he is willing to work with anyone willing to help create jobs for local families. He worked with both Republicans and Democrats to introduce legislation that facilitates the use of woody debris from our forests to generate power and protect against forest fires. Experts say the legislation could create hundreds of local jobs and, at the same time, provide renewable power.
Responsible Budgeting and Spending
With the state facing a budget deficit of over $2 billion dollars next year, we need legislators like Jim Thompson who will ask tough questions and make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely and on the services we expect state government to provide like quality schools, safe streets and good roads.
Addressing Our Health Care Crisis
As a member of the House Health Care Committee Jim stood firm as a voice of reason. He fought proposals that would have increased health care costs while also fighting for the ability of families to deduct insurance premium costs on their taxes.
"We are fortunate to have someone like Jim Thompson as our state Representative. Jim is a capable and effective advocate for our local needs. He is serious about addressing our problems."
Mike Propes, Polk County Commissioner
"Jim Thompson is one of the few in Salem actually offering ideas that will create local jobs. We need his leadership and focus on solutions to the problems our families face."
Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc. - Jim Geisinger
(This information furnished by Citizens for Jim Thompson.)