Thompson Clinches 5th U.S House Term

| November 9, 2016

ThompsonWASHINGTON, D.C. (EYT) – U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson was elected to his fifth two-year term representing the 5th Congressional District.

According to unofficial election results early Wednesday morning, 57-year-old Glenn Thompson, of Centre County, first elected in 2008, was headed to victory over Kerith Strano Taylor to secure his fifth two-year term representing the 5th Congressional District.

Thompson said he wasn’t too concerned about his opponent, 40-year-old Strano Taylor, a lawyer from Jefferson County, during his recent re-election campaign. In 2014, he soundly defeated his Democratic challenger.

The 5th District represents 16 of the state’s 67 counties.

“Tonight’s victory was possible because you have allowed me to take your homegrown solutions to Washington,” Thompson said Tuesday night before his supporters.

“Through listening and leading, we have been effective at moving significant policies and pieces of legislation. Whether in education, supporting the dignity of the disabled, or to ensure people can gain the skills needed to be competitive in the workforce, we have been making a difference.”

Thompson believes that high unemployment and jobs are the most critical issues in the district, and his focus will be on job training.

Currently, he is pushing legislation to increase support for technical and career education.

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Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (pictured above), representing the Erie region, will also remain in office.

According to unofficial results, the Butler County congressman ran unopposed in the 3rd Congressional District and won his fourth two-year term on Tuesday.

The 68-year-old Republican and former auto dealer was first elected to the 3rd Congressional District in 2010.

The U.S. House 3rd District includes the cities of Erie and Meadville, western Erie County, and most of Crawford County.

“The American people are yearning for strong leadership, both at home and abroad,” Kelly said Tuesday night.

“We can no longer accept anemic economic growth.”

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