was appointed Oklahoma Commissioner of Banks on Sept. 1, 1992, by Gov. David Walters. He was reappointed by Gov. Frank Keating in 1996 and 2000, by Gov. Brad Henry in 2004 and 2008, and by Gov. Mary Fallin in 2012 and 2016. Thompson has held this position longer than any other bank commissioner in Oklahoma's history. He came to the position with experience as executive vice president of Central National Bank, Poteau, Okla., from 1977 to 1990. Thompson was a state representative from Poteau from 1976 to 1984, serving as chairman of the House Banking and Finance Committee, as majority floor leader from 1983-84, and as a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committee. During his tenure as chairman of the Banking and Finance Committee, the Oklahoma legislature enacted the state's first branch banking and multi-bank holding company laws. Prior to being appointed bank commissioner, Thompson was director of legislative and governmental relations for the Oklahoma governor's office. Thompson earned a bachelor's degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Okla., where he currently serves on the advisory council for the School of Business. He earned a master's degree in education from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Okla., as well as a graduate degree in banking from the University of Colorado Boulder. The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado recently awarded him the James C. Scarboro Memorial Award, which is presented annually to a commercial banker or banking educator who has provided outstanding leadership to the banking community and/or banking education nationwide. Thompson served as president of the Oklahoma Community Bankers Association from 1988 to 1990, and was chairman of the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority from 1988 to 1989. In 2003, Thompson served as chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). He has served as a member and chairman of the CSBS legislative committee. He has also served as CSBS Division IV chairman and vice chairman, as a member of the CSBS national accreditation board, and as chairman of the CSBS nominating committee. Thompson also served on the board of trustees of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and currently serves as advisor to the board. In addition, Thompson has been a member of the state liaison committee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examinations Council (FFIEC), Washington, D.C.