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Glenn Nye

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Thelma Drake

Born September 9, 1974 (1974-09-09) (age 35)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Residence Norfolk, Virginia
Alma mater Georgetown University
Profession former Foreign Service officer
Religion Presbyterian

Glenn Carlyle Nye III (born September 9, 1974) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Virginia's 2nd congressional district since 2009. The district includes all of Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore, as well as parts of Norfolk and Hampton. He defeated two-term Republican incumbent Thelma Drake in the 2008 congressional election.


Early life and career

Nye was born in Philadelphia, but his family has lived in the Hampton Roads area for five generations. He grew up in Norfolk and graduated from high school at Norfolk Academy. A graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., he volunteered on medical education missions to the Middle East while in college. He began his foreign service career focusing on economic development in war-torn Eastern Europe while working for the U.S. Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Nye joined the U.S. State Department in 2001, where he served in Kosovo and Macedonia as a member of the Foreign Service. During his time there, he helped secure the release of U.S. hostages which earned him the State Department’s Superior Honor Award. Nye was then posted to the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, where he helped protect U.S. intellectual property rights during the negotiation of the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. From there he volunteered to go to Afghanistan, spending almost a year as part of a U.S. government sponsored team managing the historic Afghan Constitution Commission and supporting the country's first Presidential election.

He also managed a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) community development program in the West Bank and Gaza. He served as Operations Director in the Middle East by registering eligible voters in major U.S. cities for Iraq's Transitional National Assembly election. In Iraq, Nye led operations to create jobs for Iraqis as part of the counter-insurgency effort. After returning to Virginia, he advised a USAID program working closely with military colleagues to stabilize Iraqi neighborhoods by creating employment for over 70,000 Iraqis.[1][2] In an interview with CQ Politics, Nye explained why he decided to run for Congress: "There is only so much one can do on the executing end of foreign policy in terms of advancing American interests, and there’s only so much you can do to influence the policy from the outside. I was frustrated with the course of the country, and I was prepared to offer my service to try to bring some expertise into the Congress that I think the Congress is lacking."[1] Nye and Drake had clashed over energy policy. Drake supported new drilling in Alaska and along the continental shelf off the East Coast. Nye stated that oil companies can and should expand existing oil fields which are now economically feasible to exploit.[3]

Nye won the Democratic nomination for the 2nd District and faced Drake in the November election. Nye's donations from national Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Representative Charles Rangel of New York, reflected the interest of the party in his race.[4] Although they endorsed his opponent in 2006, Nye was endorsed by The Virginian-Pilot in 2008.[5]

In the November election, Nye defeated Drake with 52 percent of the vote. The 2nd District saw a Democratic Party sweep in 2008, with both Barack Obama and Mark Warner winning the district in the Presidential and Senate races, respectively.

Soon after being sworn in, Nye joined the Blue Dog Coalition, a caucus of conservative Democrats.[6]

Congressional career

Nye serves in the House Armed Services Committee and the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Nye voted with the Democratic majority for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 [7] and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 [8].

Nye joined with 43 other Democrats to vote against the American Clean Energy and Security Act [9] in June 2009, and in November 2009, Nye voted along with 38 other Democrats against the Affordable Health Care for America Act. [10], saying that the bill did not do enough to reduce health care costs, and that it cut too much money from Childrens' hospitals.[11]


Committee assignments

Election history

Virginia's 2nd congressional district
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2008[12] Glenn Nye 141,857 52.40% Thelma D. Drake 128,486 47.46% *
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2008, write-ins received 368 votes.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thelma Drake
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Pete Olson
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Walter Minnick
Representatives to the 111th United States Congress from Virginia (ordered by seniority)
111th Senate: J. Webb | M. Warner House: F. Wolf | R. Boucher | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | R. Scott | E. Cantor | A. Forbes | R. Wittman | B. Nye | T. Perrielo | G. Connolly


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