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Glenn Thompson (R)
|Leadership:||No leadership position|
|Committees:||House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Small Business|
|(subcommittees and past assignments)|
| Next election: Nov. 6, 2012
Primary challenge: No
Incumbent running: Yes
2012 candidates for PA-05
|Confirmed:||Charles Dumas, Glenn Thompson|
|Possible:||None so far|
|Out:||None so far|
|(more info & editing for PA-05)|
Positions, record and controversies
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During the 2008 campaign, Rep. Thompson completed the Project Vote Smart "Political Courage Test," where he expressed the following positions on a number of issues:
Thompson said that he believes that abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered and that Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
Thompson indicated that he would slightly increase spending for agriculture, defense, medical research, and scientific research while maintaining spending on the environment, FEMA, homeland security, both federal and state law enforcement, national parks, public health services, space exploration programs, transportation and highway infrastructure, and welfare. He would seek slight decreases in spending for the arts, education, international aid and the United Nations. 
Thompson would seek to eliminate income taxes on families making less than $12,000 as well as seek substantial decreases for those making under $100,000. He supports a repeal of the federal estate tax and believes the federal budget should be balanced every year. 
Thompson said he supports a voucher system to allow families to send their children to any public, private or religious school. He would seek to eliminate federal education standards such as the No Child Left Behind Act.
Thompson said he supports reduced government regulation in the private sector and the rights of workers to unionize. He would seek to increase funding for national job training programs. 
Environment and Energy
Thompson said he supports the increased development of traditional energy resources and would seek oil exploration in areas currently off-limits. He would strengthen fuel efficiency standards and encourage development of alternative fuels including nuclear reactors. 
Thompson favored the expansion of eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts and tax credits for individuals and small business to offset the cost of insurance coverage. He would allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States. 
Thompson said he supports returning illegal immigrants to their countries of origin before considering them for citizenship. He would support a temporary worker program but would seek harsher punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants. He supports making English the official national language.
Thompson said he supports the United States giving aid to countries during disasters and circumstances that threaten civilian lives as well as to countries where U.S. security interests are concerned. He would eliminate U.S. aid to countries with documented human rights abuses. While Thompson does support free trade agreements, he would be willing to consider sanctions against North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and China if the circumstances warranted such action. 
Thompson said he supports maintaining troop levels in Iraq. He supports continued military and financial support in Afghanistan.
Thompson said he opposed giving greater discretion to law enforcement agencies to monitor domestic communications to prevent future terrorist attacks and the creation of a federal identification card system. He supports holding foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country and pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed a security threat to the United States. He would support increased federal funding for states and cities for homeland security. 
Thompson said he is against allowing same-sex couples to marry and supports a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. He also said he is against federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines or the creation of stem cell lines from new embryos. He also said that the federal government should end affirmative action programs.
Before entering Congress, Thompson spent 28 years as a healthcare professional in Pennsylvania. Thompson is President of the Juniata Valley Boy Scout Council, former member of the Bald Eagle Area School Board, and a past vice-chair of the Private Industry Council of the Central Corridor. Thompson graduated from Penn State and has a Masters in Education from Temple University. He lives in Howard Township with his wife Penny Ammerman Thompson. 
Thompson is also the Centre County Republican Chairman.
In the April 22 primary, Thompson won the Republican nomination to replace Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.), who was retiring at the end of his term. Thompson went on to defeat Democratic nominee Mark McCracken in the November 2008 general election.
Shortly before the primary, Peterson endorsed Thompson to fill his seat. In a statement, Peterson said:
"I have met with every candidate seeking the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District," said Congressman Peterson. "While there are many fine candidates seeking this office, there is only one candidate that has the experience, leadership qualities and is ready to serve the citizens of the 17 counties that comprise the 5th district. That candidate is Glenn "GT" Thompson. Glenn is a family man who shares the conservative values of Republicans across Pennsylvania. Glenn is a man of honor and integrity who has served his community as a volunteer firefighter/EMT for twenty-five years and as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America for thirty years. This is the type of commitment and dedication Washington D.C. desperately needs."...
"I enthusiastically ask the citizens of the fifth congressional district to join me on Tuesday, April 22 in supporting Glenn "GT" Thompson to become our next Congressman. He is clearly the best choice to continue my work on the issues that matter to us: Rural Health Care, Technical Education, Energy Independence, Keeping tolls off I-80 and bringing jobs and stability to the region. I thank you in advance for your support of Glenn "GT" Thompson for Congress," concluded Congressman Peterson.
Money in Politics
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|Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle|
|Donor||Amount (US Dollars)|
|Varischetti & Sons||$ 18,500|
|Majority Cmte PAC||$ 15,000|
|National Education Assn||$ 15,000|
|Best Line Equipment||$ 14,400|
|Ellwood Group||$ 11,350|
|National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn||$ 10,500|
|American Refining Group||$ 10,300|
|Alpha Natural Resources||$ 10,000|
|American Bankers Assn||$ 10,000|
|Comcast Corp||$ 10,000|
|Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.|
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
|Links to more campaign contribution information for Glenn Thompson
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
|Fundraising profile:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
|Top contributors by organization/corporation:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
|Top contributors by industry:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
- Revolving door profile for Glenn Thompson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Glenn Thompson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Glenn Thompson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and affiliations
- House Committee on Agriculture
- House Committee on Education and Labor
- House Committee on Small Business
Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)
Thompson will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.
More background data
|On the Web|
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Pennsylvania and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Project Vote Smart's Political Courage Test
- ↑ Glenn Thompson's Congressional website biography. Accessed March 25, 2009.
- ↑ Glenn Thompson for Congress 2008 website. Accessed March 25, 2009.
- ↑ Greg Giroux, "Keystone House Races, Eclipsed in Tuesday’s Primary, Will Emerge This Fall", CQ Politics, April 23, 2008
- ↑ "Pennsylvania 2008 General Election", TheGreenPapers.com, November 4, 2008
- ↑ Glenn Thompson for Congress 2008 website, "Endorsements". Accessed March 25, 2009.
- Official Thompson for Congress Web site
- 2008 Race Tracker page on Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District
Local blogs and discussion sites
Semantic data ()
|From the Sunlight Foundation API|
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
|Title: Rep||First name: Glenn||Middle name: W.||Last name: Thompson|
|Suffix: Jr.||Nickname: G.T.|
|Party: R||State: PA||District:
05 District short: 5
|Currently in office? True|
|Phone: 202-225-5121||Fax: 202-225-5796||Website: http://thompson.house.gov||Webform email: http://thompson.house.gov/contact-me/email-me|
|DC office: 124 Cannon House Office Building|
|Bioguide ID: T000467||Votesmart ID: 24046||FEC ID: H8PA05071||Govtrack ID: 412317|
|CRP ID: N00029736||Eventful ID:||Old Sunlight ID:||Twitter ID: CongressmanGT|
|OpenCongress Wiki URL: http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Glenn_Thompson||YouTubeID: http://youtube.com/CongressmanGT||Senate class:|
|Entered manually within the Template:Politician|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
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|First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
|Previous Political Work?
Centre County GOP, Bald Eagle Area School District Board of Education, Pennsylvania Republican State Committee
|Other Party Membership:|
Date of Birth: July 27, 1959
November 4, 2008