Biography

Family History

Jeff’s family has a long history in Louisiana, settling here dating back to before the Louisiana Purchase.  Born March 10, 1965, Jefferson Rowe Thompson is the son of USAF Col. (ret.) Ray and Rita Thompson, and is the youngest of three children. Jeff and his family lived in Alexandria, La., stationed at England Air Force Base, while his father was deployed as an F-100 fighter pilot to Vietnam.  The Thompson family subsequently lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., while his father served as an instructor at the USAF Academy. After a three-year assignment to the Pentagon and State Department, Jeff and his family returned to Louisiana, where his father served as Commandant of the Air Force ROTC at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  After Col. Thompson retired from the USAF in 1978, the Thompsons moved back to Jena, La., where Jeff attended high school, graduating in 1983. He served as President of the Senior Class and was the recipient of the Honesty & Integrity Award from the Michael Dempsey Lodge F&AM.

Education

After graduating from high school, Jeff attended Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana-Monroe), where in 1988, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Real Estate and Insurance. Jeff served as President of the Student Government Association in 1987-88, the year NLU won the 1-AA National Championship in football. Jeff was active in intramural sports and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.  After  earning his degree, he worked as an insurance specialty lines underwriter and then for Troy & Nichols Mortgage Company in its insurance division in Monroe. In 1989, he was recruited to return to Northeast Louisiana University/ULM as the Associate Director of Development where, among other duties, he raised money for academic and athletic programs as well as working in public, alumni and governmental relations. Jeff was a Reserve Police Officer with the Monroe Police Department, and served as the “voice” of the university’s football and basketball teams as public address announcer. It was during his college years that he met, and subsequently, in 1991, married Toni Hurst of Shreveport, La.

Jeff left his university work in 1992 to pursue a law degree. In 1995, Jeff graduated with honors (cum laude) from Tulane University School of Law, where he was the recipient of the “Yippy” Award which recognized the student obtaining the highest grade in Property Law under Professor Yiannopoulos, who serves as commentator on the Louisiana Civil Code.

Professional History

After graduation from Tulane University School of Law, Jeff and Toni moved to Shreveport in 1995, where he was an associate with the law firm of Weems, Schimipf, Hayter, Gilsoul and Carmouche.  In 1997, Jeff opened his own law practice in Bossier City with a law partner and has remained in the private practice of law since then. Jeff is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Shreveport Bar Association and is a member of and has previously served as President of the Bossier Parish Bar Association. His practice areas are concentrated in the areas of real estate and commercial litigation, and also include successions, estate planning and business transactions. Jeff represents many individuals and businesses in the region, has served as a member of the Louisiana State Bar House of Delegates and is a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

Community Involvement

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Serving his community is nothing new to Jeff, as service to others is something instilled in him by his parents.  In addition to his father’s 23 years in the Air Force, Jeff’s mother has served as Executive Secretary for the Louisiana Jaycees and has been active in their church and numerous community organizations.  Jeff serves as the 2011 Chair of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, supporting and attracting businesses and jobs to our area.  Jeff  has also been a long-time member of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce and served in numerous capacities, ultimately as its President in 2004. In response to the many displaced businesses from hurricanes Rita and Katrina, Jeff was instrumental in organizing and establishing the Business Recovery and Resource Center. To help return some sense of normalcy to the lives of the children of those displaced from their homes and staying in the shelters in Bossier City after the hurricanes, Jeff organized the effort to establish a children’s play area and activities at CenturyTel Center with the assistance of many area businesses and individuals. Jeff also played an integral role in helping organize efforts to aid not only those in need, but those providing care and comfort.

Jeff’s long-standing commitment to our community is documented by his service as:  Bossier District Director for the Norwela Council of the Boy Scouts of America;  as an ambassador and a vice president of Holiday-In-Dixie which celebrates the Louisiana Purchase.  His commitment to education and workforce development was instrumental in Jeff’s service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bossier Parish Community College Foundation, where he served as its President.   Jeff supports the efforts of the men, women, and families stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base as a member of the Eagles and the Military Affairs Council.  He has also been a member of area civic organizations over the years and is a supporter of numerous organizations whose mission is to help and serve others.

Personal

Jeff and Toni are the parents of Lillie (12) and Rowe William (8). Jeff is an avid hunter and fisherman, and is a member of the National Rifle Association and hunter and outdoor advocacy organizations.  He and and his wife Toni are active in their church, First Baptist Bossier.