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Rep. Glenn Thompson

Representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th District

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Thompson is the representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Thompson is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 2009 to 2018.

Thompson is among the Republican legislators who participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. Shortly after the election, Thompson joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Thompson voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Rep. Glenn Thompson [R-PA15]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Thompson is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Thompson has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 1, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Glenn Thompson sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Thompson was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Thompson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%) Agriculture and Food (17%) Environmental Protection (17%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Energy (13%) Health (10%) Taxation (7%) Animals (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Thompson recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Thompson voted Nay

Thompson voted Nay

Failed 263/146 on Nov 16, 2015.

Thompson voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Thompson voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Thompson voted Aye

Thompson voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Jun 2022, Thompson missed 107 of 8,702 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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