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Rep. Glenn Thompson

Representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th District

pronounced glen // TOMP-sun


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, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 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 discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Thompson voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States.
Photo of Rep. Glenn Thompson [R-PA15]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Thompson.

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 Jun 15, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 83% The Club for Growth: 59% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D League of Conservation Voters: 5% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 4% Human Rights Campaign: 0%

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 (21%) Environmental Protection (14%) Agriculture and Food (14%) Health (14%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Animals (7%) Energy (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Thompson’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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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.

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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.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Jun 2021, Thompson missed 93 of 8,124 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than the median of 2.0% 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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