Thompson Named to Education and Labor Committee

February 4, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, was informed by the House Republican Leader this afternoon that he has been appointed to the House Education and Labor Committee.  This appointment is in addition to the Thompson’s seat on the Agriculture and Small Business Committees.

“I’m delighted to accept this additional assignment and look forward to serving on the Education and Labor Committee,” said Thompson. “The Fifth District is home to 52 school districts and a host of post secondary institutions that provide critical services to our communities and training to our students. This appointment will ensure that their voices continue to be heard and concerns addressed when Congress debates the No Child Left Behind reauthorization later this session.”

The Education and Labor Committee's purpose is to ensure that Americans' needs are addressed so that students and workers can move forward in the competitive global economy. The Committee and its five Subcommittees oversee education and workforce programs that affect all Americans, from early learning through secondary education, from job training through retirement.

“Congressman Thompson is a tremendous addition to the Education and Labor Committee. He will be a powerful advocate for education reform and a strong American workforce, and I know he will provide outstanding leadership on these issues for Pennsylvanians and for all Americans,” said Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), the top Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee.

Congressman Thompson also voiced his strong commitment to expanding technical education and job training opportunities within the Fifth District. “Career and Technical Education is critically important to meeting the needs of the 21st century workforce.  With our natural gas boom in Pennsylvania, a skilled workforce will be needed to meet these new demands. This is an exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that we meet those needs.”

Thompson was appointed by Ranking Member McKeon to serve on the Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Competiveness Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities.