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Sen. Curt Thompson (SD 5)

 

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Curt Blackburn Thompson II (D-Tucker)

 

District 5 (Gwinnett County)

 

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Born: 1968

Overview

Sen. Curt Thompson

Sen. Curt Thompson

Curt Thompson, during his first several terms in office, was a serial late-filer of campaign and personal financial disclosures. From 2002 to 2010, he amassed $1,725 in penalties for missing 31 filing deadlines. He paid them all.


Thompson spent a day in the Douglas County Jail in November 2015 for contempt of court. State Court Judge Eddie Barker found Thompson had misled the court when he said a court appearance elsewhere prevented him from appearing in Barker’s court. Jail records show Thompson was released the next day.

Political career

  • Elected to the House in 2002 without opposition.
  • Elected to the Senate in 2004 with 62% in a Democratic primary runoff.
  • Re-elected four times since then without opposition. In 2010, Thompson won his only contested election, 65% to 35%, over Republican Garry Guan.

Committee assignments

  • Appropriations (2009 – present)
  • Ethics (2013 – present)
  • Judiciary (2015 – present)
  • Rules (2017 – )
  • Special Judiciary (2011 – present; chair, 2013 – present)
  • Economic Development (2005 – 2012)
  • Higher Education (2005 – 2012)
  • Judiciary Non-Civil (2013 – 2014)
  • Natural Resources & Environment (2013 – 2016)
  • State Institutions and Property (2005 – 2009)
  • Veterans and Military Affairs (2005 – 2010)

Employment

  • Attorney, Thompson & Associates P.C.
  • Former staff attorney, 1995-2007, Service Employees International Union and International Brotherhood of Police Officers.

Business ownership interests

  • President, Thompson & Associates P.C., law firm.

Other fiduciary positions

  • None disclosed.

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence in Tucker/Gwinnett valued at $181,000 before a February 2015 house fire.

Other investments

  • None disclosed.

Payments from state agencies

  • None disclosed.

Friends and Family

  • Thompson’s wife, Sascha, is a special assistant in the office of U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson.

Campaign contributions

Donors have given more than $272,000 to Thompson’s campaigns since 2004. The breakdown by election cycle:

  • 2002: $33,809
  • 2003-04: $92,714
  • 2005-06: $44,390
  • 2007-08: $9,672
  • 2009-10: $49,111
  • 2011-12: $40,884
  • 2013-14: $38,623
  • 2015-16: $13,905
  • Reported cash on hand (July 2016): $6,198

Top donors

  • $14,200 Sen. Steve Henson & other Democratic lawmakers
  • $29,300 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • $7,450 Service Employees International Union
  • $6,200 Georgia Association of Educators
  • $4,800 Georgia Chiropractic Association
  • $4,050 Coca-Cola & the Georgia Beverage Association
  • $4,000 Henry Spiegel Fried & Milling LLP, law firm
  • $3,500 Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance PC, law firm
  • $3,400 International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • $3,750 Georgia Association of Realtors
  • $3,000 Doffermyre Shields Canfield & Knowles LLC, law firm
  • $3,000 Malone Law Office P.C.
  • $3,000 Lone Pine Inc. and developer Wayne Mason
  • $3,000 Workplace Injury Network

Campaign-to-campaign donations

Candidates may give campaign funds to other candidates, a practice that some advocates believe provides a legal means to circumvent contribution limits. A 2003 bill to ban such transfers altogether passed in the Senate but died in the House. Thompson’s campaign made these donations:

  • 2002: $4,250
  • 2003-04: $150
  • 2005-06: $6,250
  • 2007-08: $250
  • 2009-10: $0
  • 2011-12: $5,964
  • 2013-14: $2,200
Lobbyist freebies

Since 2006, lobbyists have reported paying more than $5,300 for meals and other gifts for Thompson. The big spenders: State Bar of Georgia ($1,641), University System of Georgia ($1,080).
  • 2006: $174
  • 2007: $503
  • 2008: $313
  • 2009: $70
  • 2010: $430
  • 2011: $1,117
  • 2012: $316
  • 2013: $1,070
  • 2014: $822
  • 2015: $534
  • 2016: $15 through Feb. 29

Committee days & travel expenses

When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. (Per diem was $127 until 2007.) Those living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.

  • 2003: $3,604 (26 days)
  • 2004: $2,911 (21 days)
  • 2005: $2,356 (17 days)
  • 2006: $469 (3 days)
  • 2007: $191 (1 day)
  • 2008: $3,044 (16 days)
  • 2009: $3,600 (19 days)
  • 2010: $5,127 (27 days)
  • 2011: $10,542 (55 days)
  • 2012: $11,359 (59 days) #7 in Senate
  • 2013: $11,491 (59 days) #10 in Senate
  • 2014: $13,000 (66 days) #6 in Senate
  • 2015: $10,066 (52 days) #10 in Senate

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Updated Jan. 10, 2017

 

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