WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Joe Barton (R-Arlington/Ennis) has promoted Ryan Thompson to the position of chief of staff.

Thompson takes over for Ron Wright, who was recently appointed by Tarrant County commissioners to serve as their tax assessor/collector.

Thompson has been active in politics – both in D.C. and in the 6th District – for almost a decade.

Barton spoke highly of Thompson, touting his experience and ties to the 6th District:

“Ryan not only knows how to maneuver the Halls of Congress, he also knows how to navigate the back roads of the 6th District. He understands the legislative process, but also under stands that to be successful we must focus on the needs of the people at home. He is a great asset to me and a leader for my staff as we strive to continually improve service to my constituents.”

Thompson has been with Barton for nine years. He has served as special assistant, political director and deputy chief of staff. Prior to his time with Barton, Thompson spent four years in the United States Marine Corps and graduated from Texas A&M University.

Thompson is responsible for the oversight of daily operations in the Washington, D.C., and Texas offices, which are located in Arlington, Ennis and Crockett. He works with the staff to ensure the goals of the office are in line with those of the Sixth District. Thompson also works with Barton to prioritize his goals and ensure implementation of those goals and objectives.

He has been active in charities in Texas and D.C. and has volunteered with the Ennis Rotary, along with the Brazos County Boys and Girls Club, the National Youth Sports Program and the Brazos County Academy for the Rehabilitation & Motivation of Youth. He also organizes the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, an annual event in which he raises more than $200,000 for local charities in the Washington, D.C., area.