Assemblyman Samuel (Sam) D. Thompson, Ph.D., has been a member of the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 13th Legislative District which encompasses parts of Middlesex and Monmouth Counties since 1998. Assemblyman Thompson is currently Assistant Minority Leader and is serving a fourth term on the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee and is also serving on the Housing and Local Government Committee. In previous sessions, he served on the Transportation Committee, the Labor Committee and the Family, Women, and Children’s Services Committee. Currently, Assemblyman Thompson is a member of the State Council for Adult Literacy Education Services and the NJ Commission to Deter Criminal Activity. Other task forces and commissions on which he has served include: Commission on Business Efficiency of Public Schools, NJ Advisory Council on Elder Care, Assembly Task Force on Grandparenting, Joint Commission on Public Schools, Adolescence Violence Task Force, Task Force on Pain Management, Managed Care Task Force and Continuing Care Task Force.
Areas of particular interest to Dr. Thompson include healthcare, senior citizen issues, education, tax relief and transportation. He was prime sponsor of legislation that created the NJ Kid Care and NJ Family Care programs which provided health insurance for low income working families. Assemblyman Thompson sponsored the NJ SAVER property tax rebate program which has been returning tax dollars to NJ taxpayers since 1999, and a measure that doubled the income eligibility levels for seniors to qualify for a freeze on their property taxes.
The Assemblyman was honored as New Jersey State VFW Legislator of the Year (2005), Legislator of the Year by The NJ State Nurses Association (2000), the Garden State Pharmacy Owners of the NJ State Pharmaciests Associatoin (2001), the NJ Recreation and Parks Association (2003) and the NJ Association of Health, Physical Education, and Recreational Dance (2000). He was also cited by the Association of Asian Americans for Excellence in Public Service (2002), by the Indo-American Festival, Inc. “For Continued Support of Indian American Community” (2000).
Assemblyman Thompson received his BS degree with majors in chemistry and math from the University of Arkansas (Little Rock) and his doctorate in physical chemistry from Louisiana State University. He was employed as a research scientist for six years by DuPont and J. P. Stevens prior to 22 years with the NJ Department of Health. In the latter position he directed a variety of laboratory programs concluding his career as the Director of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Service in which capacity, he licensed and regulated all of the clinical laboratories and blood banks in the State. During this period he also served for 10 years as a member of the US Armed Forces Epidemiological Board. Subsequently, Assemblyman Thompson was employed for three years by the NJ Turnpike Authority as Director of Planning, Analysis and Government Relations and later as Director of Communications and Government Relations. Today, Dr. Thompson is a full-time legislator.
Chief of Staff: Sue Tisiker
Legislative Aide: Laurie Curtis
725 Highway 34
Matawan, NJ 07747
Phone: (732) 583-5558