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Thompson, Francis
Senator (D), Louisiana

State Senator Francis Thompson (D) from Delhi has been representing District 34 since 2008. District 34 includes Ouachita, Richland, East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia parishes. Prior to his election as Senator, Thompson served from 1975 until 2008 as the Representative for District 19 which includes Madison, Morehouse, Richland, East Carroll, West Carroll, and Ouachita parishes.

Senator Thompson’s main legislative interests are agriculture, highways, economic development and law enforcement. He is also a strong supporter of education at all levels in Louisiana. As a public servant, Thompson has authored legislation that created the master farmer program; lowered the age for when certain students may attend alternative education/vocational technical programs and created the Delta Rural Initiative.

Senator Thompson is chair of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture & Rural Development Committee and serves on the Senate Committee on Labor & Industrial Relations and Senate Committee on Finance.

Thompson has been employed in the Agri-business for over 25 years and has served as consultant for business and industry for more than twenty years. A graduate of Louisiana Tech, Northeast Louisiana University and a former college professor, Senator Thompson is married with 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

Current Topic


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief?

Recent Topics


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?

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