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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.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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