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Gregg Thompson has served as NFIB’s state director for North Carolina since 2005. Thompson’s responsibilities include lobbying on behalf of NFIB’s membership in North Carolina, and overseeing small business grassroots activity and serving as NFIB’s media spokesperson in the Tar Heel State.

Thompson has a unique blend of experience in government and small business.

After serving in the administration of Gov. Jim Martin, Thompson was elected at age 27 to the North Carolina House of Representatives. He completed five terms and served as chairman of the Appropriations Committee during his last two years. Upon his retirement from the House, Thompson served briefly as senior budget and policy advisor to the Speaker of the House and as the director of the division of research, policy, and planning in the North Carolina Department of Labor.

Thompson has also been an entrepreneur and small business owner in past years. He and his wife, Nancy, owned Thompson Group Inc. from 1999-2005.

A North Carolina native, Thompson was born in Charlotte and reared in North Carolina’s mountains. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville earned a master’s degree in entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University.

Gregg and Nancy are proud parents of three children, Grey, Reid, and Molly.