BioFirst elected in 2004, Representative Brian Thomas is now in his fourth term representing
District 100, near Lilburn in Gwinnett County. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and grew
up in Miami, Florida. In 1983, he earned his B.A. in History and Philosophy from Wofford
College in Spartanburg, S.C. He later attended Wake Forrest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.,
earning a Master’s in Anthropology. A few years later, he earned a Ph D. in Anthropology from
the State University of New York at Binghamton.
From 1983-1987 he served on active duty in the United States Army as a Military Intelligence
officer. By the end of his active duty service, he had achieved the rank of Captain. He completed
his service with Army Reserves in 2000 at the rank of Major. Since then, he has worked as an
archaeologist, including stints with the National Park Service, a researcher at Andrew Jackson’s
home The Hermitage, and as a college profession. He currently manages the Cultural Resources
practice for a national environmental services firm.
His service under the Gold Dome includes membership on the Education, Defense & Veterans’
Affairs, Ethics, and Natural Resources & Environment committees. He also holds membership in
several community and civic organizations.
He and his wife Larissa have been married since 1993.