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United States representative , politician

Glenn W. Thompson,, United States Representative from Pennsylvania, former health facility administrator. License nursing home administrator, Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 2006.


Thompson was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, grew up in Howard, Pennsylvania, and is the son of a Navy veteran.


Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation, Pennsylvania State University, 1981. Master of Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, 1998.


He holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree from Temple University. Thompson worked for 28 years as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, rehabilitation services manager and a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Lycoming County, and has served for six years as chairman of the Centre County Republican Committee. He has spent twenty-five years as a member or president of the Howard Volunteer Fire Company 14 and also actively volunteers as a fire fighter, emergency medical technician, and rescue technician.

A lifelong resident of Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, Thompson has also served in various state and regional positions with the Boy Scouts of America, the Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society, the Private Industry Council for the Central Corridor (PICCC), and the Central Pennsylvania Work Force Investment Board. In addition to serving as chairman of the Centre County Republican Committee, Thompson's political career includes six years on the Bald Eagle Area School District Board of Education, three terms on the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, and serving on the delegation for the 5th Congressional District at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Thompson also twice ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to represent the 76th District.

Elections2008Thompson was elected the U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district defeating Democrat Mark McCracken 58%–42%. 2010Thompson defeated Democrat Michael Pipe 69%–28%. 2012Thompson defeated Democrat Charles Dumas 63%–37%.

TenureWhen the 112th Congress convened January 5, 2011 to elect a Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Thompson's vote was the 218th vote for John Boehner giving Boehner the majority needed to be named Speaker. During the 112th Congress, Thompson became chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Energy. The Subcommittee's jurisdiction includes soil, water, and resource conservation, small watershed program, energy and bio-based energy production, rural electrification, forestry in general, which is fitting given Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District is partially located within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and is also home to the Allegheny National Forest.

Committee assignmentsCommittee on AgricultureSubcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry (Chairman)Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign AgricultureCommittee on Education and the WorkforceSubcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce TrainingSubcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and PensionsCommittee on Natural ResourcesSubcommittee on Energy and Mineral ResourcesCaucus membershipsCongressional Arts CaucusRepublican Study CommitteeGerman-American Caucus (co-chair).


  • License nursing home administrator, Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 2006.


Member Bellefonte Intervally Chamber of Commerce, 1977—2000. Scoutmaster Howard Boy Scout Troop 353, 1981—2008. Volunteer Howard Volunteer Fire Company, 1982—2008.

Member Bald Eagle Area School Board, 1990—1996. Senior vice president Juniata Valley Boy Scout Council, 2005—2007, president, 2007—2009. Alternate delegate Republican National Convention, 2004.

Chair Centre County Republican Party, 2002—2008. Board directors Private Industry Council Centre County, 1999—2000. Vice-chair board directors Private Industry Council Central Corridors, 2000—2008.

Member of Pennsylvania Rural Development Council, Pennsylvania Rural Health Association, Republican Governors Club.


Married Penny Thompson. Children: Parker, Logan, Kale.

Penny Thompson

Parker Thompson,

Logan Thompson,

Kale Thompson,