District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, seeking re-election Thursday, said his office continues to focus on its duty to prosecute those who violate the law but added that the process is getting more and more challenging as the counties that comprise his district register high-growth rates and see a steady change in their respective demographics.
The Trousdale County native served two years in the U.S. Army. He was appointed in 1971 as an assistant district attorney in Metropolitan Davidson County. He returned to this district in 1973 to open a law practice and also served as a part-time assistant district attorney until his appointment as district attorney general in 1977. He has since been elected to five consecutive terms in 1978, 1982, 1990, 1998 and 2006 and is running for re-election this year unopposed.
Serving the 15th Judicial District, which includes Jackson, Macon, Smith, Trousdale and Wilson counties, Thompson largely credits the quality of his trial and office staff for the success of his office over the years.
“We appreciate the opportunity to serve and try to treat everyone as we would like to be treated,” Thompson said. “Serving the people of this district has truly been my greatest privilege and honor. This is my home. I want the very best for all of us who live here. I want our communities to be safe and our quality of life enviable.
“I recognize that it is largely the duty of my office to ensure these important assets, and I and those who work with me on a day-to-day basis do not in anyway take or assume these duties lightly.”
A Vanderbilt law graduate, Thompson is an active member of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference and a recognized leader among the state’s district attorneys on certain key legislative initiatives that have resulted in more aggressive laws with respect to penalties imposed and punishment for the violation of a certain criminal acts.
Thompson, the longest-serving district attorney general in Tennessee, has prosecuted a number of high-profile cases within his district, as well as being appointed the special prosecutor in other cases outside the 15th Judicial District.
He has long been active in his home community, as well as working with a number of nonprofits and charitable organizations within the five-county district he serves. He is a member and former chairman of the Tri-County Electric Cooperative board of directors and a member of the board of directors of the Citizens Bank of Hartville.
Thompson and his wife, Baxie, a retired high school math teacher, live on the couple’s farm in Hartsville and have three adult children and six grandchildren. His sons, Keith and Price, are both lawyers. Keith practices in Nashville and Price in Lebanon. Their daughter, Lissa, is married to attorney Bill Vestevich and lives in Brentwood.