State Sen. Bruce Thompson (R-Cartersville) will represent parts of Cherokee, Bartow and Cobb counties, after beating out Matt Laughridge in the Dec. 3 runoff for the District 14 seat.
Judge William M. Ray II of the Court of Appeals of Georgia administered the oath of office to the new senator, during a ceremony at the state Capitol in Atlanta.
Thompson said Friday he’s “very humbled” for the opportunity to serve.
He is also anxious to bring the district together after the heated race for the seat following Barry Loudermilk’s sudden resignation to focus on his U.S. Congress bid, he added.
“One big thing is I need to be able to focus on the district. The goal for a senator should be to bring our district together,” said Thompson, who took home the seat with nearly 69 percent of the vote. “We had a fairly contentious race. I’d love to be able to see if we can bring some healing and be able to get (to) work.”
Beyond that, the state senator said he didn’t as of yet have many specific goals in office, other than doing what was best for District 14.
Thompson said, in the meantime, he’s still adjusting to his new role.
“I’ve obviously been beginning to study the rules and understand the entire process of serving,” he said, adding that he looked forward to learning what special committees he’ll be assigned to, which will have a bearing on how he works for the district.
Thompson is an Allstate Insurance agent in Bartow County and has also served as chairman of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce, in addition to owning several other businesses.