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Glenn Nye

Glenn Nye
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Thelma Drake
Succeeded by Scott Rigell
Personal details
Born Glenn Carlyle Nye III
(1974-09-09) September 9, 1974
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 an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 2nd congressional district from 2009 to 2011.[1] He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was defeated in his attempt to attain re-election on November 2, 2010.

The district includes all of Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore, as well as parts of Norfolk and Hampton.

Early life, education and career

Nye was born 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.

Government career

Nye joined the U.S. State Department in 2001, where he served in Kosovo and Macedonia as a member of the Foreign Service. During the Macedonian Conflict in 2001 he helped secure the release of U.S. hostages, and was instrumental in the rescue of 26 American citizens who were trapped behind Albanian insurgent lines at the Battle at Aračinovo.[1][2][3][4] For this, Nye received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award.[1]

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.[5][6] 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."[5] 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.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

Political positions

Soon after being sworn in, Nye joined the Blue Dog Coalition, a caucus of conservative Democrats.[8]

Nye voted with the Democratic majority for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 [9] and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.[10] Nye joined with 43 other Democrats to vote against the American Clean Energy and Security Act [11] in June 2009, and in November 2009, Nye voted along with 38 other Democrats against the Affordable Health Care for America Act.,[12] saying that the bill did not do enough to reduce health care costs, and that it cut too much money from children's hospitals.[13] Nye voted against the Stupak Amendment.[14]

Nye was endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business.[15]

Political campaigns


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.[16] Although they endorsed his opponent in 2006, Nye was endorsed by The Virginian-Pilot in 2008.[17]

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.


Nye was defeated by Republican nominee Scott Rigell, a businessman and automobile dealer. Independent Kenny Golden, a retired Navy Commodore was also on the ballot.

Electoral history

Virginia's 2nd congressional district
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct Independent Votes Pct
2008[18] Glenn Nye 141,857 52.40% Thelma D. Drake 128,486 47.46% *
2010[19] Glenn Nye 70,306 42.46% Scott Rigell 88,007 53.15% Kenny E. Golden 7,158 4.32%
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2008, write-ins received 368 votes. In 2010, write-ins received 100 votes.


In March 2011 Glenn Nye accepted a position at the German Marshall Fund where he continues to secure communications between the United States and Europe.[20]

In September 2011 Glenn Nye joined the Hanover Investment Group as the Senior Political Advisor.[21]


  1. ^ a b c ”Glenn Nye”. German Marshall Fund of the United States. 2012
  2. ^ "КАКО ГЛЕН НАЈ ГИ СПАСУВАЛ АМЕРИКАНЦИТЕ ОД АРАЧИНОВО". Борис Георгиевски. Глобус. 2007 [1]
  3. ^ "Спасавање Американаца у Арачинову". ПОЛИТИКА. 2008
  4. ^ ”Rep. Glenn Nye (D)”. National Journal. 2011
  5. ^ a b Greg Giroux, Frustrated By U.S. Policy, Foreign Service Veteran Challenges Virginia GOP IncumbentCongressional Quarterly, February 21, 2008
  6. ^ Glenn Nye for U.S. Congress
  7. ^ Mike Gooding, Drake, Nye clash over energy policy, July 7, 2008
  8. ^ Melancon, Charlie. "Blue Dog Coalition Members". Charlie Melancon. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
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  13. ^ Nye, Glenn (7 November 2009). "Glenn Nye: "Health Reform Must Reduce Costs for Families & Small Businesses". Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "House Vote 884 - Restricts Federal Funding for Abortion -". 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  15. ^ "Chamber of Commerce endorses Nye". LIN Television Corporation. September 27, 2010. 
  16. ^ Aaron Applegate, Beach's 2nd District race shapes up to be competitive The Virginian-Pilot, July 28, 2008
  17. ^ For Congress: Glenn Nye, The Virginian-Pilot, October 24, 2008
  18. ^ November 2008 Unofficial Results Virginia State Board of Elections
  19. ^ November 2010 Unofficial Results Virginia State Board of Elections
  20. ^ "Expert Profile of Glenn Nye". The German Marshall Fund of the United States. 
  21. ^ Nye, Glenn. "Hanover Investment Group". 

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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
Scott Rigell
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