Representative Ed Thompson serves the 29th District in the Texas House of Representatives. District 29 encompasses the northern portion of Brazoria County that includes Pearland, Alvin, Manvel, Brookside Village, Hillcrest, Iowa Colony, and Liverpool. Representative Thompson has served the district since first being elected in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014.
Representative Thompson serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Land and Resource Management and was appointed to his second term on the House Environmental Regulation Committee. The Land and Resource Management Committee has jurisdiction over public lands, the power of eminent domain, annexation, zoning, and other governmental regulation of land use. The Committee on Environmental Regulation has oversight of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and issues relating to pollution and waste disposal.
When Representative Thompson moved to Pearland over thirty years ago, it was a small town on the outskirts of Houston. Although the area has grown by leaps and bounds, it is still a tight-knit community grounded in conservative values. Representative Thompson is one of the people working hard every day to make the area even better for its residents.
During the 83rd Legislature, Representative Thompson fought to ensure fair dealings in interactions between Texas sports officials and the University Interscholastic League, granted counties the authority to recover unreturned library items and fines, and changed the Texas Election Code to reduce the cost of elections to individual counties. During his freshman year in the Legislature, Thompson was presented with a number of awards, including Citizen of the Year by the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, the Courageous Conservative Award by the Texas Conservative Coalition, Lone Star Conservative Guardian by the Texas Conservative Roundtable, "Top Conservative" rating by the Eagle Forum, 100% Rating from the Concerned Women of America, and the 2014 Golden Eagle Award from the Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
During the 84th Legislature, Representative Thompson worked to fund border security, eliminate hailstorm claim abuse, increase funding for the University of Houston Clear Lake – Pearland campus and fast growth school districts, and ensure the transportation infrastructure of District 29 keeps up with the demands of the local population, specifically State Highway 288. Thompson received a number of awards after the 84th Session, including the Texas Association of Business Fighter for Free Enterprise; National Federation of Independent Business-Texas 100% pro-small business voting record; American Conservative Union Foundation Award for Conservative Excellence, one of 13 Texas House Members (out of a total of 150) to receive this award; “A” rating by the Texas State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association, Courageous Conservative by the Texas Conservative Coalition, Lone Star Conservative Guardian by the Texas Conservative Roundtable, and was named Leader of the Year by the Alvin Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce.
Although many know Ed as their local insurance agent, he has a long record of dedication to his community. He served as Mayor Pro-Tem of Pearland, where he fought for sensible policies to help local families and businesses thrive. He has helped implement a pro-job creation environment as Past Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Past President of the Economic Development Corporation. He also worked to ensure the best quality education while preparing for rapid population growth during his time on the Pearland ISD Board of Trustees. Representative Thompson has made it a priority to stay in close contact with local ISDs, superintendents, and retired teachers, as well as surrounding community colleges and universities to guarantee that the area's education needs are met.
Representative Thompson is a principled business and family man who knows that if we want to preserve our way of life, we need strong leaders who are not afraid to get in the game. He dedicated 40 years to being a high school football referee, so Ed knows a little something about the importance of reliable leaders.
Since taking oath in 2013, Representative Thompson has been vocal in vital issues facing the state, such as improving safety and security at the Texas-Mexico border, increasing funding for water resources projects and infrastructure of Texas roads, and safeguarding Texans' individual Constitutional rights.
A graduate of the University of Houston with a BBA in Finance, Ed is a devoted husband to his wife Freddie, dedicated father to his two children, and loving grandfather to his four grandchildren. The Thompson family attends Sagemont Church in Houston.