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Glenn Thompson
Glenn Thompson.jpg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 5
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Peterson (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.10 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,768,854
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Member, Bald Eagle Area School Board
1990-1996
Education
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University
M.D.Temple University
Personal
BirthdayJuly 27, 1959
Place of birthBellefonte, Pennsylvania
ProfessionHealthcare Administrator
Net worth$217,500.50
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Glenn Thompson (b. July 27, 1959, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Thompson was first elected by voters from Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District in 2008.

Thompson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[1] [2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Thompson is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Thompson was born in Bellefont, Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1981 and his M.D. from Temple University in 1998.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Thompson's political career:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Thompson serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Thompson served on the following committees:[4]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Thompson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Thompson voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Thompson voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Thompson voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

NDAA

Yea3.png Thompson voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Thompson voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Thompson voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[15] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[16] Thompson voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[18] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Thompson voted for HR 2775.[19]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Thompson voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Thompson voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[7]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Yea3.png Thompson voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Yea3.png Thompson voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[7]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[20] Thompson joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[21][22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Yea3.png Thompson voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003, while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Thompson's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Thompson is a Moderate Conservative. Thompson received a score of 37 percent on social issues and 68 percent on economic issues.[24]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[25]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[24]

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Thompson did not support President Barack Obama's proposed military strikes against Syria. On September 4, 2013, he stated, "At this point, I don’t see a compelling case for the United States to be going to war here with Syria. I don’t just see the national interests under the War Powers (Act) are satisfied to allow that to happen.”[26]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Glenn Thompson endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [27]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Thompson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.[28][29] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Thompson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 5th District. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on April 24, 2012, and he defeated Democrat Charles Dumas in the November 6, 2012, general election.[30]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Thompson 62.9% 177,740
     Democratic Charles Dumas 37.1% 104,725
Total Votes 282,465

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Thompson attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Thompson's reports.[33]

Glenn Thompson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$100,576.41$112,019.41$(115,471.04)$97,124.78
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$97,124.78$148,115.59$(94,192.98)$151,047.39
October Quarterly[36]October 13, 2013$151,047.39$230,480.43$(105,774.95)$275,752.87
Year-End[37]January 31, 2014$275,752$122,928$(138,677)$260,004
April Quarterly[38]April 14, 2014$260,004.68$134,763.82$(112,027.28)$282,741.22
Running totals
$748,307.25$(566,143.25)

Comprehensive donor information for Thompson is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Thompson raised a total of $2,768,854 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 17, 2013.[39]

Glenn Thompson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 5) Won $1,263,884
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 5) Won $1,069,415
2008 US House (Pennsylvania, District 5) Won $435,555
Grand Total Raised $2,768,854

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2012


Thompson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,263,885 and spent $1,262,547.[40] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[41]

Cost per vote

Thompson spent $7.10 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Thompson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Thompson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,069,415 and spent $973,129.[42]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Thompson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $100,002 to $334,999. That averages to $217,500.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Thompson ranked as the 342nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[43] Between 2007 and 2012, Thompson's calculated net worth[44] increased by an average of 5 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[45]

Glenn Thompson Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$174,993
2012$217,500
Growth from 2007 to 2012:24%
Average annual growth:5%[46]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[47]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Thompson is the chair of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry. Thompson received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Oil & Gas industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[48]

From 2007-2014, 24.02 percent of Thompson's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[49]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Glenn Thompson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,729,306
Total Spent $3,329,409
Chair of the the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$248,052
Health Professionals$179,098
Retired$169,460
Real Estate$154,972
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$144,275
% total in top industry6.65%
% total in top two industries11.45%
% total in top five industries24.02%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Thompson is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of July 2014.[50] This was the same rating Thompson received in June 2013.[51]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[52]

Thompson most often votes with:

Thompson least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Thompson missed 50 of 4,337 roll call votes from January 2009 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.2 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of July 2014.[53]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Thompson paid his congressional staff a total of $1,154,339 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[54]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Thompson was one of two members of the House who ranked 154th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[55]

2012

Thompson ranked 199th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[56]

2011

Thompson ranked 200th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[57]

Voting with party

2014

Glenn Thompson voted with the Republican Party 93.4 percent of the time, which ranked 150th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[58]

2013

Glenn Thompson voted with the Republican Party 95.6 percent of the time, which ranked 139th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[59]

2011

Glenn Thompson voted with the Republican Party 92.0 percent of the time, which ranked 143 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[60]

Personal

Glenn Thompson is married to Penny. They have three children.

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  2. State College, "Thompson Announces Re-Election Bid," accessed January 27, 2014
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Proudly Representing Pennsylvania's 5th District, "Committee Assignments"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Project Vote Smart, "Glenn Thompson Key Votes," accessed October 15, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
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  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  21. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  22. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  23. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 On The Issues, "Thompson Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  25. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  26. Centre Daily Times, "Rep. Thompson doesn't see reason for attack on Syria," September 4, 2013
  27. The Hill, "Rick Santorum attracts his first congressional endorsement," January 7, 2012
  28. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named reelection
  29. Erie Times News, "Kelly, Thompson to run for re-election," accessed January 29, 2014
  30. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
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  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Thompson Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
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  41. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Glenn Thompson 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  43. OpenSecrets, "Thompson, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  44. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  45. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  47. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  48. Census.gov, "My Congressional District," accessed October 1, 2014
  49. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Glenn Thompson," accessed October 1, 2014
  50. GovTrack, "Thompson," accessed July 23, 2014
  51. GovTrack, "Thompson," accessed June 19, 2013
  52. OpenCongress, "Rep. Glenn Thompson," accessed July 23, 2014
  53. GovTrack, "Glenn Thompson," accessed July 23, 2014
  54. LegiStorm, "Glenn Thompson," accessed September 24, 2012
  55. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," July 23, 2014
  56. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  57. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John Peterson
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 5
2009–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Member, Bald Eagle Area School Board
1990-1996
Succeeded by
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