Terry Thompson was born and raised in Lafayette County — the same place he works and has raised his family. Now, he is looking to put the skills he has gained to use representing his community in the Missouri General Assembly.
The longtime banker is making a bid to replace fellow Republican Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer, who is term-limited, in representing HD 53. The district is comprised of Lafayette County along with portions of Jackson and Johnson counties.
The cornerstones of his proposed legislative agenda include investing in transportation infrastructure and workforce development — including job creation, job training, and business growth. Thompson said he is a strong supporter of public education and wants to work to continue fully funding the foundation formula for K-12 education.
“I care about the place I live. I intend to be a representative that places the needs of the people first and foremost,” Thompson said in a statement. “I live, work, and worship right along with the people here. I will always do my job as state representative so our community has an effective voice in government.”
A deacon at the First Baptist Church in Lexington since 2002, he noted his deep roots in the community and district would help him.
Thompson attended Wentworth Military Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Central Missouri.
He sits on the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission. Previously, he served on several boards and commissions, including the Lexington R-V Board of Education, Missouri School Board Association, Missouri Bankers Association, Health Care Foundation Board of Greater Kansas City, Health Care Coalition Board, and Children Services Fund Board.
The Missouri Bankers Association nominated Thompson to represent the state as one of the 13 members of the American Bankers Association Ag and Rural Committee. He is also a member of multiple Lexington organizations ranging from the Rotary Club to the Chamber of Commerce and from the Historical Association to the Cattlemen’s Association.
“I have spent a good portion of my life volunteering and supporting causes close to home,” Thompson said. “Scripture says to pursue things with a servant’s heart, and that’s exactly how I have tried to live my life. My professional career and personal life have taught me to research problems, draft solutions, and work with others to negotiate and compromise to take effective action. I strongly believe my track record and knowledge of our district will make an impact in Jefferson City. I will strive to represent all of my constituents and will be open to any concerns.”
“I know I have big shoes to fill in Jefferson City,” he continued. “Glen Kolkmeyer has served our district well and we’re grateful for his service.”
Alisha Shurr was a reporter for The Missouri Times and The Missouri Times Magazine. She joined The Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University.