Glenn "G.T." Thompson (born July 27, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party.
The district, located in North Central Pennsylvania, includes all of Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter Counties, and parts of Clearfield, Crawford, Lycoming, Tioga, Warren, and Venango Counties.
Early life, education, and early career
Thompson was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania,grew up in Howard,Pennsylvania, and is the son of a Navy veteran. He holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree from Temple University.
Thompson worked for 26 years as a therapist, 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.
U.S. House of Representatives
Thompson was elected the U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district defeating Democratic nominee Mark B. McCracken, Libertarian James Fryman, and Green Party Donald Wilson.
Thompson defeated his opponents, Democratic nominee Michael Pipe and Libertarian Vernon Etzel, in the 2010 election. When 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.
Thompson lives in Howard Township with his wife, Penny Ammerman-Thompson. They have three grown children.
January 26, 2012