Mac Thornberry

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Mac Thornberry currently serves the 13th Congressional district of Texas

William "Mac" Thornberry, a Republican, has represented the Thirteenth Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1994. (map)

Record and controversies

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Positions and Views

According to his official bio "He is the founder and Co-Chair of the Defense Study Group, a bipartisan group of House Members who meet each month to discuss issues relating to America's national and homeland security."

The National Journal gave Thornberry a composite rating of 91.7 for conservative positions and 8.3 for liberal ones.

Political Courage Test

Representative William M. 'Mac' Thornberry repeatedly refused to provide any responses to citizens on the issues through the 2008 Political Courage Test when asked to do so by national leaders of the political parties, prominent members of the media, Project Vote Smart President Richard Kimball, and Project Vote Smart staff.Project Vote Smart Political Courage Test.

Iraq War

Thornberry voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.


Rep. Thornberry voted against a minimum wage hike at the beginning of the 110th Congress.

Environmental record

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Mac Thornberry was born July 15, 1958, at Clarendon, Texas. A rancher in the family business at Donley County, TX, from 1989-present, Thornberry was a practicing attorney with the firm of Peterson, Farris, Doores and Jones of Amarillo, TX, from 1989-1994.

He received his BA from Texas Tech University summa cum laude in 1980 and his JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 1983.[1][2]

Before being elected to Congress, Thornberry served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Rep. Tom Loeffler (R TX), 1983-85; Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Larry Combest (R TX), 1985-88; and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State, 1988-89.[3]

Congressional Career

Thornberry was first elected to his seat in 1994, and most recently reelected in 2004.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Roger J. Waun to face Thornberry in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Thornberry retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Mac Thornberry
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption
  • Congressional Internet Caucus
  • Congressional Rural Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsman's Caucus
  • Rural Health Care Coalition

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Children's Rehabilitation Center
  • Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Mac Thornberry. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2457 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4313
Phone: 202-225-3706
Fax: 202-225-3486
Web Email

District Office- Amarillo:
905 South Fillmore Street, Suite 520
Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: 806-371-8844
Fax: 806-371-7044

District Office- Wichita Falls:
4245 Kemp, Suite 506
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Phone: 940-692-1700
Fax: 940-692-0539

Articles and resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Congressional Internet Caucus, Congressional Rural Caucus, Congressional Sportsman's Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Terrorism Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence/Subcommittee on Intelligence Community Management, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence/Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 8, 1994
First Took Current Office:
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, US State Department,
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 905 South Fillmore Street, Suite 520, Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: 806-371-8844 / Fax: 806-371-7044
2. 4245 Kemp, Suite 506, Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Phone: 940-692-1700 / Fax: 940-692-0539

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Date of Birth: July 15, 1958

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