Glenn 'GT' Thompson(Rep)
Telephone:202-225-5121 (Main phone number)
Telephone:814-769-6154 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:Bellefonte, PA
Religion:Lighthouse Reformed Christian Church
Undergraduate education: Pennsylvania State University
Graduate education: Temple University
Glenn 'GT' Thompson was born in Bellefonte, Pa., and now resides in nearby Howard in rural Centre County. He earned a bachelor's degree at Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree at Temple University.
Thompson worked in health care for more than 12 years, including as a manager for Susquehanna Health Rehab Services in Lycoming County. He also was a volunteer firefighter and a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts.
Thompson ran for several elected offices — including county GOP chairman, a position he occupied for six years — before being elected to the U.S. House in 2008.
Thompson and his wife, Penny, have three sons.
Glenn 'GT' Thompson emerged from a crowded primary field in 2008 to become the Republicans' choice to replace retiring Rep. John Peterson in the sprawling 5th Congressional District in rural north-central Pennsylvania.
Thompson benefited from the negative bickering that harpooned the chances of two early Republican primary front-runners and a general-election victory was rarely in doubt in the GOP-tilted district.
Thompson easily won re-election in 2010, receiving 69 percent of the vote. In the 2012 general election he faces Charles Dumas.
During his first term in the House, Thompson tackled issues important to his predecessor, including the promotion of rural interests. Named vice chairman of the Congressional Rural Caucus, Thompson joined colleagues in asking President Barack Obama to form a White House office dedicated to rural policy.
Thompson introduced a bill in February 2009 with Democratic Rep. Ciro Rodriguez that would prohibit the tolling of federal highways. Tolling was a sore topic for Peterson and many residents in his district, who opposed a state proposal to put tolls on Interstate 80 — which winds through the 5th District — to help finance an expansion of state highway and bridge repairs.
The proposal had been referred to a House subcommittee on highways and transit in early 2009, but the project's prospects took another blow in April 2010 when the federal government again rejected the state's application. Thompson was a vocal opponent of the tolling proposal among the region's congressional delegation.
Thompson signed onto legislation in February 2009 that was the Republicans' answer to a Democratic-backed proposal making it easier to unionize workplaces.
He has placed health care among his top priorities in Washington, given his health care experience in a district with an aging and rural population.
Like most of his congressional colleagues much of his time has been devoted to efforts to fix the ailing economy. He joined his GOP colleagues in opposing the approximately $800 billion stimulus package signed into law in 2009. Thompson said the bill did not include enough tax relief for middle-class families and small-business owners.
A Thompson measure that the congressman said would help existing or aspiring small-business owners get training through the use of technology passed as part of a larger House bill aimed at promoting job creation.
When President Barack Obama went to State College, Pa., in February 2011 for a speech boosting clean energy technology, Thompson met him at the airport. Afterward, the congressman said the country needed a comprehensive energy plan. "Unfortunately, without a comprehensive plan that also includes making better use of existing resources and expanding our domestic production, situations like (the unrest in) Egypt will continue to underscore the need to cease America's reliance on foreign energy," he said.
Thompson was one of three members of Congress who in 2011 nominated former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Paterno was fired later that year in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Thompson introduced legislation in July 2012, designed to improve veterans' access to health care through the use of telemedicine.
In August 2012, he introduced a bill to transfer the closed Mifflin County Army Reserve Center to Derry Township for use as a regional police headquarters and to serve other public purposes.
"The vacated Army Reserve Center in Mifflin County offers local law enforcement a needed facility upgrade and expansion," said Thompson. "In order to cut the red tape, this legislation would authorize the U.S. Army to transfer what is currently a vacant property to Derry Township, in order to serve as a headquarters for the Mifflin County Regional Police."
Committee Assignments: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Education and the Workforce
American Conservative Union Rating: 68
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 5
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 69% (2010), 57% (2008).
(Last updated by Matt Moore on August 9, 2012.)