Glenn Thompson

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Glenn Thompson currently serves the 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania

Glenn Thompson has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 5th district of the State of Pennsylvania, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies


Thompson believes 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. [1]


Thompson has indicated that he would slightly increase spending for agriculture, defense, medical research, 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. [1]


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. [1]


Thompson supports a voucher system to allow families to send their children to any public, private or religious school. He would seek to eliminate the federal education standards such as the No Child Left Behind Act.[1]


Thompson 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. [1]

Environment and Energy

Thompson supports 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. [1]


Thompson supports 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. [1]


Thompson 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.[1]

International Policy

Thompson 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. [1]

Iraq War

Thompson supports maintaining troop levels in Iraq and believes decisions regarding our troops in Iraq should be made by the commanders on the ground. Not politicians. Our troops should return when we have established a stable democracy and the Iraq citizens have continued to step up and providing for their own security. He supports continued military and financial support in Afghanistan.[1]

National Security

Thompson is against 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. [1]

Social Issues

Thompson is against allowing same-sex couples to marry and supports a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between man and woman. He is against stem cell research on existing embryonic stem cell lines or the creation of stem cell lines from new embryos. He believes the federal government should end affirmative action programs.[1]


Glenn is a 48 year old lifetime resident of Howard, Pennsylvania. He is married to the former Penny Ammerman and they have three children, Parker, Logan, Kale. Parker is married and lives in Huntingdon, Logan is a Purple Heart Recipient with the Army. Logan was wounded in an IED explosion south of Baghdad in 2007. Kale is graduating from Bald Eagle Area High School in June and plans on pursuing a music education degree.

Glenn has worked for 26 years as a health care professional with Williamsport Hospital and Susquehanna Health Systems. Glenn has worked most recently as a Rehabilitation Services Manager with the three hospital health system. Glenn also has been involved in the Juniata Valley Boy Scout Council for over 30 years, first as an Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster and now President of Council. For the past 25 years Glenn has also served in the Howard Fire Company as a volunteer fire fighter, including 16 years as President of the Department.

Politically Glenn has served six years on the Bald Eagle Area School Board. He ran two unsuccessful campaigns against incumbent Mike Hanna in the 76th Legislative District of Pennsylvania in 1998 and 2000. The past six years Glenn has been the voter elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Centre County.

2008 elections

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.[2] Thompson went on to defeat Democratic nominee Mark McCracken in the November 2008 general election.[3]

Peterson endorsement

On April 11, Peterson endorsed Thompson to fill his seat.[4] 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.[5]

Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Glenn Thompson. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00029736&cycle=2008</crpcontribdata>

Committees and affiliations


Thompson will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.


More background data


DC Office:
124 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3805
Phone: (202) 225-5121
Web Email

District Office - Bellefonte:
3555 Benner Pike, Suite 101
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 353-0215
Fax: (814) 353-0218

District Office - Titusville:
127 West Spring Street, Suite C
Titusville, PA 16354
Phone: 814-827-3985
Fax: 814-827-7307

Official Thompson for Congress Web site

Friends of Glenn Thompson
198 Park Road
Howard, PA 16841

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Project Vote Smart's Political Courage Test
  2. Greg Giroux, "Keystone House Races, Eclipsed in Tuesday’s Primary, Will Emerge This Fall", CQ Politics, April 23, 2008
  3. "Pennsylvania 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Kraushaar
  5. "Congressman Peterson Endorses Glenn "GT" Thompson for Congress" (press release), Glenn Thompson campaign site.

External resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Centre County GOP, Bald Eagle Area School District Board of Education, Pennsylvania Republican State Committee
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 3555 Benner Pike, Suite 101, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 353-0215 / Fax: (814) 353-0218
2. 127 West Spring Street, Suite C, Titusville, PA 16354
Phone: (814)-827-3985 / Fax: (814)-827-7307

Campaign Contact:

Webform Email: / Email:

Campaign Offices:

1. Friends of Glenn Thompson, 198 Park Road, Howard, PA 16841
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Date of Birth: July 27, 1959