Bob Thompson has served on the Richland City Council since January 1994 and as mayor from January 2000 to January 2004. Mr. Thompson received a B.A. in political science from Washington State University, and he has a J.D. from Willamette Law School. He is currently in private practice. He has held memberships in the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, the Washington Defenders Association, the Western State Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Mr. Thompson is past president of the Benton Franklin County Health Department and president of Dial Help. He has served as vice chair of the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA), a national coalition of cities and counties located adjacent to Department of Energy facilities and has been recently appointed as chairman. Mr. Thompson was also appointed in May of 2009 to the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB) by Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Mr. Thompson is a lifelong resident of the City of Richland.