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Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Glenn Thompson Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Glenn Thompson Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Glenn Thompson, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary, defeated Democratic challenger Kerith Strano Taylor in the general election. Taylor defeated Thomas Edward Tarantella in the Democratic primary. The race was rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[3]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 11, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Pennsylvania is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process. Voters are required to register with a political party to vote in the primary election.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014 (at least 30 days prior to election).[7]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Glenn Thompson (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District is located in the north central portion of Pennsylvania and includes Erie, Warren, Venango, Clarion, Forest, McKean, Jefferson, Clearfield, Cameron, Potter, Clinton, Huntingdom and Centre counties. The 5th District is the largest congressional district in the state.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Did not run


Election results

General election

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Thompson Incumbent 63.6% 115,018
     Democratic Kerith Strano Taylor 36.4% 65,839
Total Votes 180,857
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKerith Strano Taylor 54.5% 18,018
Thomas Edward Tarantella 45.5% 15,032
Total Votes 33,050
Source: Results via Associated Press

Issues

Campaign themes

Taylor's campaign website listed the following issues:[14]

  • Get People Back to Work
Excerpt: "It’s time to get people back to work. Everyday men and women work hard to make ends meet, but still struggle to put food on the table. For too long, moneyed interests have dominated the Congressional agenda, causing millions of dollars of waste, crippling economic growth, and missing valuable opportunities."
  • Address the Root of Our Problems
Excerpt: "It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road. All too often Congress looks for a quick fix, instead of addressing the root of our problems."
  • Simplify the Tax Code
Excerpt: "It’s time to fix our 73,954 page tax code. Congress has talked about updating the tax code for years, yet little has been done to make it work for everyday Americans. The tax code favors the needs of big businesses and special interests. Our small business owners and middle class families – the backbone of our economy – stand to gain the most by updating the antiquated system."
  • Strengthen our Public Education System
Excerpt: "It’s time to reinvest in public education. Public education is the pathway out of poverty. Beyond educating our students, public schools are the pulse of our communities."
  • Only 18% of the Seats in Congress are Held by Women
Excerpt: "Yet, Women make up 47% of the total workforce and 50.8% of the population. Something is wrong with the equation. We are allowing men to make decisions that deeply affect our lives, our health and our futures. Having women at the table ensures more robust debate on the issues and a deeper evaluation of our options."
  • Get Congress Back to Work
Excerpt: "It is time to prioritize our Nation, not our political parties. We need to get Congress back to work."

Key votes

Below are important votes that Thompson cast during the 113th Congress.

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Thompson voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[15]

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.[15]

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.[16] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[15]

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.[15]

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.[17] 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.[18][19] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[19] 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.[20][21] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[21] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[22] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, 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.[20]

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.[23] 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.[24] Thompson voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27]

Immigration

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.[15]

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.[15]

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.[15]

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 RepublicansThomas 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.[28] Thompson joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[29][30]

Campaign contributions

Glenn Thompson

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Thompson's reports.[31]

Thomas Tarantella

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tarantella's reports.[37]

Thomas Tarantella (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 23, 2014$0.00$1,273.97$(1,090.53)$183.44
Running totals
$1,273.97$(1,090.53)

Kerith Strano Taylor

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Taylor's reports.[39]

Kerith Strano Taylor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 14, 2014$0.00$24,009.19$(12,104.62)$11,904.57
Running totals
$24,009.19$(12,104.62)

District history

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2012

The 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Glenn Thompson (R) won re-election in the district.[41]

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

2010

On November 2, 2010, Glenn Thompson won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Michael Pipe (D) and Vernon L. Etzel (L) in the general election.[42]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Thompson incumbent 68.7% 127,427
     Democratic Michael Pipe 28.2% 52,375
     Libertarian Vernon L. Etzel 3.1% 5,710
Total Votes 185,512

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed September 17, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Votes PA, "How to Register," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Pennsylvania Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Thomas Edward Tarantella," accessed October 30, 2013
  11. The Express, "Renovo man seeks Republican nomination for U.S. Congress," accessed December 2, 2013
  12. Politico, "Joe Paterno’s son looks at run for Congress," accessed October 28, 2013
  13. Pennlive.com, "Jay Paterno eyeing 5th District congressional run, Democrats say," accessed October 28, 2013
  14. Campaign website, "Platform," accessed March 17, 2014 (dead link)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 Project Vote Smart, "Glenn Thompson Key Votes," accessed October 15, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013
  17. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  22. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  23. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  25. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  26. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  28. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  29. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  30. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
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  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Thompson Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Tarantella 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 13, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Taylor 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 23, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  41. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Pennsylvania"
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013