Dwayne Thompson was born and raised in Memphis. His parents came from West Tennessee and North Mississippi.  Both of them came to Memphis to escape poverty and find decent work.

Dwayne attended public schools in Memphis and Shelby County and was the first in his family to attend college. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Political Science and Economics and later did graduate work in Business Administration. Dwayne served his country for 6 years in the U. S. Army Reserves.

Dwayne has worked as a professional Human Resources administrator and manager for over 30 years for both public and private organizations. This has given him experience in organizational planning and helping to formulate and administer corporate budgets. It also has given him insight into how investing in people makes a company grow and prosper.

Dwayne has also been involved in the community in different ways, as a volunteer for the MS Society, Open Arms, and, as a cancer survivor, in counseling and assisting cancer 

Dwayne is a member of both the Wolf River Conservancy and the Shelby Farms Conservancy.  He has worked with his children’s PTAs and with the Cordova Leadership Counsel.

He has been a sensible voice in improving the Democratic Party, making it more in tune with the concerns of regular people.

That includes:

  • Past President of the Shelby County Young Democrats

  • Leadership on the Shelby County Executive Committee

  • Elected Member of the Tennessee Democratic Party

Dwayne has been married to Jennifer for 41 years.  They have two great married adult children, Joseph and Grace, both of whom are Cordova High School graduates.  They are also proud grandparents of a beautiful granddaughter and two handsome grandsons and are expecting a fourth grandchild in October!  Dwayne serves as a deacon at Olive Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he has attended for many years.

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