District: 5th District Political Highlights: Bald Eagle Area School Board, 1990-95; Republican nominee for Pa. House, 1998; Republican nominee for Pa. House, 2000; Centre County Republican Party chairman, 2002-08; U.S. House, 2009-present Born: July 27, 1959; Bellefonte, Pa. Residence: Howard Township Religion: Protestant Family: Wife, Penny Ammerman-Thompson; three children Education: Pennsylvania State U., B.S. 1981; Temple U., M.Ed. 1998 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2008 (3rd term) Committee Assignments: Agriculture (Conservation, Energy & Forestry - Chairman; Livestock, Rural Development & Credit); Education & the Workforce (Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Education; Higher Education & Workforce Training); Natural Resources (Energy & Mineral Resources; Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans & Insular Affairs)
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.