Penn State praises Thompson’s advocacy efforts for agriculture research

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) received an award from the Penn State Alumni Association on Tuesday that recognized his significant role in the continued improvement of Pennsylvania State University.

The association honored Thompson, a Penn State graduate, with the eighth annual “Friend of Penn State” legislative award.

“I am very humbled and proud to receive this award,” Thompson said. “I am even more proud of the generations of individuals from the Penn State community that have dedicated their lives to serving others.”

Thompson’s active support for Penn State, specifically for the College of Agricultural Sciences, deserved recognition, Kevin Steele, the chair of the Alumni Association’s Legislative Education and Advocacy Committee, said.

“Glenn Thompson has been a strong advocate for Penn State and Pennsylvania agriculture,” Steele said. “He has advocated for federal funding for Penn State and has shown that he understands the uniqueness and importance of agricultural research and extension programs.”

At Penn State, Thompson worked at Centre Crest Nursing Home and developed a passion for health care. He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation.

“This institution helped me develop purpose and passion in life, which for me, was serving those with life-changing disease and disability,” Thompson said.

Thompson serves on the House Agriculture Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry. He also serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Education & the Workforce Committee.