Curt Thompson

Gwinnett County Commission Chair

Curt will be the first openly LGBTQ Chair of the Gwinnett County Commission


Curt Thompson has always called Gwinnett County home. His parents were active in the anti-Vietnam war effort which shaped his progressive values. After graduating from Shiloh High School he attended the American University, in Washington DC. While in college, he began working in politics including volunteering on the 1988 Al Gore for President campaign. He received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and international studies and went on to receive a J.D. from Georgia State. He served sixteen years in the Georgia legislature, two as a State Representative followed by fourteen as a State Senator (2003-2019).

Curt’s biggest legislative accomplishment affecting Gwinnett County residents is a bill passed to create Community Improvement Districts (CID’s) in Gwinnett. He served on the Gwinnett Village CID Board (now Gateway 85 CID) and he was its founding president. This work on CID’s gave him real experience working on local government and planning issues. As Chair of the Special Judiciary Committee in the State Senate, his committee was the first ever to pass a non-discrimination bill protecting LGBTQ individuals in Georgia. Over the years he has served on various boards including AID Gwinnett, Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity and Norcross Cooperative Ministries. A Quaker, Curt attends Peachtree Friends Meeting in Peachtree Corners. He currently lives in Norcross.

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