The unveiling of the Senator Bob Thompson Highway. Pictured (from left to right) state Rep. Duane Milne, former West Goshen Supervisor Ed Meakim, Nancy Thompson, state Senator Andy Dinniman, state Rep. Dan Truitt, West Chester Mayor Carolyn Committa and former Chester County Commissioner Pat O’Donnell.


WEST CHESTER (October 9) – State Senator Andy Dinniman was joined by local and state officials and Nancy Thompson, wife of the late state Senator Bob Thompson, to dedicate the Robert J. Thompson Highway on Tuesday.


Dinniman, along with state Senators Dominic Pileggi and John Rafferty Jr., sponsored and worked to pass legislation ceremoniously renaming a section of Route 3, after Thompson, who gave more than three decades of public service to the people of Chester County as a West Goshen Township Supervisor, a Chester County Commissioner and a state Senator.


Nancy Thompson, wife of the late state Senator Bob Thompson.

The Robert J. Thompson Memorial Highway is the section of Route 3 between U.S. Route 202 in West Goshen and Adams Street in the Borough of West Chester.


“Senator Thompson set the example for other local leaders and representatives throughout our region in terms of always putting the people first and giving each resident the attention and respect they deserve,” said Dinniman, who succeeded Thompson as state Senator for Pennsylvania’s 19th District following his passing in 2006. “I have always tried to follow in his footsteps.”


Former state Rep. Bob Flick, who served in the legislature alongside Thompson, recalled him as a hard-working and caring leader who loved Chester County.


“Bob was just a wonderful man, with a big heart,” said. “He worked to coordinate issues within our caucus. As a commissioner and as a state Senator, he always had the people’s interest at heart.”


Senator Thompson served the 19th Senatorial District from 1995 to 2006 and was a Chester County Commissioner from 1979 until 1986. He also served as the founding executive director of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce. Thompson was a resident of West Goshen, a former West Goshen supervisor, and served on the boards of the Chester County Historical Society, the Westtown-Goshen Rotary Club, the West Chester Area Day Care Association, and SEPTA.


For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s West Chester Office at (610) 692-2112, or e-mail