The Thompson Times - February 2017 Edition
The House of Representatives is off to a busy start in Washington, D.C. in 2017. We officially began the 115th Congress and witnessed the Inauguration of our 45th President Donald J. Trump. I am grateful to again be the voice of Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District in our nation's capital.
Thanks for taking the time to read this message, and I look forward to the days and years ahead.
U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson
Starting the 115th Congress
U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson was sworn in on January 3 as the United States Representative for Pennsylvania's 5th District in the 115th Congress. Rep. Thompson was joined by his wife, Penny, as well as family members, friends, and supporters.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve my friends and neighbors in the U.S. House and look forward to continuing my work on policies that will support stronger economic growth and upward mobility for individuals and families throughout the 5th District and nation,” Thompson said.
Thompson, a life-long resident of Howard, Centre County currently serves on the Natural Resources, Education & the Workforce, and Agriculture committees. He is Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee and also Chairman of the Nutrition Subcommittee. Rep. Thompson is also co-chairman of the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus, Bipartisan Career and Technical Education Caucus, and German-American Caucus.
Pictured from left are: John Gower, Dallas Kephart, Tim Schaffer, Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Kurtes 'Kurt' Smith, Penny Thompson, Jodi Thompson, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Ken Thompson, Kim Brownson, Diana Nyman, Beth Nyman.
Inauguration of President Trump
Hundreds of people from Pennsylvania came to Washington, D.C. on January 20 to witness the Inauguration of our nation's 45th President Donald J. Trump.
U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson distributed tickets to Pennsylvania residents so they could witness the peaceful transfer of power that defines the United States of America. Some members of the news media in Pennsylvania's 5th District were also able to attend the historic occasion.Congressman Thompson also hosted an open house at his Washington, D.C. office for individuals who traveled for the ceremony.
"Each President is unique and brings his own strengths to the job," Congressman Thompson said. "What I’ve seen from Mr. Trump so far is that he knows what it takes to be a job creator. The U.S. has one of the most punitive tax codes in the world and numerous over-reaching regulations. As a businessman, he understands the need to change the status quo and boost our economy. Mr. Trump signs paychecks, he knows the challenges are barriers to economic growth and I look forward to seeing him work with Congress to get that done."
Honoring Trooper Landon Weaver
Just four days into the New Year, Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson took to the House Floor to speak about Trooper Landon Weaver who was killed in the line of duty on Friday, December 30.
Trooper Weaver had been on patrol for one year with the Pennsylvania State Police. He was investigating a domestic incident in Juniata Township when the situation turned deadly and he was fatally shot by the suspect.
Tooper Weaver’s law enforcement career had just begun. He was 23 years-old, and he married his high school sweetheart, Macy, in June. They graduated from Central High School in Martinsburg in 2012, and he went on to study criminal justice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was proudly on the Dean’s List.
He loved his family and he loved being a police officer. Trooper Weaver attended Zion Lutheran Church in Williamsburg and enjoyed spending time with his family, and especially his wife, Macy. To him, family was everything.
Trooper Weaver was a son, a brother, a husband, a friend. And, he is a hero.
He is the 97th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty. May we always honor his memory.
Keystone Little Leaguers in D.C.
Members of the Keystone Little League All-Star baseball team that came within one game of making last summer’s Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport traveled to Washington, D.C. in December to visit U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson.
The team is photographed on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with Rep. Thompson and Senator Pat Toomey.
The coaches who attended were Ben Falls, manager, and Tom Miller, coach. The players who traveled to Washington, D.C. were Brady Bendik, Kaden Falls, Cayde McCloskey, Cy Probst, Aidan Major, Nash Welch, Nate Helms, Aaron Miller, Blade Myers, Ryan Pence, and Ryan Thompson.
Rep. Thompson hosted a tour for the group of the U.S. Capitol and they witnessed Rep. Thompson honor them with a tribute on the House floor to the championship team from Clinton County.