Rick Thompson joined the Texas Association of Counties Legislative Department in December 2000. Prior to joining TAC, Thompson worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a correctional officer for two years. He then spent the next three years assigned to serve in various administrative capabilities where he advised official representatives, law enforcement agencies and the public; he also processed official documents and responded to a wide range of public inquires. During his employment with TDCJ-ID, Thompson earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Thompson serves as the liaison to the County Judges and Commissioner and the Justice of the Peace and Constables Associations working on topics including county authority, transportation, employee health benefits, county courts, law enforcement and county structure.
During his tenure with TAC, Thompson has specialized in health care topics such as indigent health, public hospital and hospital district matters, first responder and emergency preparedness and federal health care programs. Thompson is a sought-after resource for county, state and national organizations for his knowledge of the 1115 Federal Medicaid Waiver and its effect on county government.