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Thornberry voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
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==Elections==

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Mac Thornberry
Mac Thornberry.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 13
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1995-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBill Sarpalius (D)
Leadership
Legislative counsel to U.S. Rep. Thomas G. Loeffler
1983-1985
Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Larry Combest
1985-1988
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,257,257
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs, Department of State
1988-1989
Education
High schoolClarendon High School, TX
Bachelor'sTexas Tech University, Lubbock
J.D.University of Texas School of Law
Personal
BirthdayJuly 15, 1958
Place of birthClarendon, TX
ProfessionRancher, lawyer
Net worth$410,503
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
William McClellan "Mac" Thornberry (b. July 15, 1958 in Clarendon, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Thornberry represents the Texas' 13th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 1994.

Thornberry most recently won re-election on November 6, 2012. He defeated John Robert Deek (L) and Keith Houston (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Thornberry is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Thornberry earned his B.A. from Texas Tech and his J.D. from the University of Texas.[2] After earning his law degree he spent six years in politics, as an aide to two Texas representatives and then in the State Department during the Reagan Administration. He left Washington, D.C., for several years, going into the family ranching business and practicing law.[3]

Career

  • 1983-1985: Legislative counsel to U.S. Rep. Thomas G. Loeffler (TX)
  • 1985-1988: Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Larry Combest (TX)
  • 1988-1989: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of State
  • 1989-1994: Rancher and lawyer (private practice)
  • 1995-present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Thornberry serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-12

Thornberry served on the following House committees[3]:

Issues

Political positions

Legalizing propaganda

In May 2012, Rep. Thornberry, along with Rep. Adam Smith, sponsored an amendment to a defense authorization bill that would negate two previous acts in order to legalize the use of propaganda on Americans. Thornberry stated that the current restriction “ties the hands of America’s diplomatic officials, military, and others by inhibiting our ability to effectively communicate in a credible way.” [5] Critics said the move was done under the radar and that there are ways to modernize without getting rid of these safeguards.

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mac Thornberry endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Thornberry voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 13th congressional district elections, 2014

Thornberry is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 13th congressional district elections, 2012

Thornberry won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 13th District. He defeated Pam Barlow in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He then defeated John Robert Deek (L) and Keith Houston (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]

U.S. House, Texas District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMac Thornberry Incumbent 91% 187,775
     Libertarian John Robert Deek 6.2% 12,701
     Green Keith F. Houston 2.9% 5,912
Total Votes 206,388
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 13 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMac Thornberry Incumbent 77.5% 47,051
Pamela Lee Barlow 22.5% 13,637
Total Votes 60,688

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thornberry is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Thornberry raised a total of $4,257,257 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[19]

Mac Thornberry's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 13) Won $1,092,128
2010 US House (Texas, District 13) Won $689,960
2008 US House (Texas, District 13) Won $778,206
2006 US House (Texas, District 13) Won $631,023
2004 US House (Texas, District 13) Won $351,862
2000 US House (Texas, District 13) Won $714,078
Grand Total Raised $4,257,257

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Thornberry's reports.[20]

Mac Thornberry (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2013$461,600.31$198,894.17$(103,904.05)$556,590.43
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$556,590.43$195,926.18$(155,399.85)$597,116.76
Running totals
$394,820.35$(259,303.9)

Defense contractors

According to a July 2013 Politico report, Thornberry made the top 10 list of Hill members receiving defense industry contributions. As of July 2013, Thornberry had received more than $52,000 from top defense firms.[23]

2012

Breakdown of the source of Thornberry's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Thornberry won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Thornberry's campaign committee raised a total of $1,092,129 and spent $870,521.[24] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[25]

Cost per vote

Thornberry spent $4.64 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Thornberry's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Thornberry won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Thornberry's campaign committee raised a total of $689,960 and spent $792,833.[26]

U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 2010 - Mac Thornberry Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $689,960
Total Spent $792,833
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Mac Thornberry's campaign committee
Honeywell International$10,000
Raytheon Co$10,000
Textron Inc$10,000
Lockheed Martin$9,000
National Beer Wholesalers Assn$7,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$57,625
Retired$56,025
Defense Aerospace$51,300
Livestock$38,850
Health Professionals$37,850

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Thornberry is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[27]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[28]

Thornberry most often votes with:

Thornberry least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Thornberry missed 121 of 12,398 roll call votes from January 1995 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[29]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Thornberry paid his congressional staff a total of $1,093,647 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[30]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Thornberry is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Thornberry's staff was given an apparent $48,045.00 in bonus money.[31]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Thornberry's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $241,007 to $580,000. That averages to $410,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 6.21% from 2010.[32]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Thornberry's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $238,004 to $535,000. That averages to $386,502 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[33]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Thornberry ranked 93rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[34]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Thornberry was tied with four other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 101st in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[35]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Mac Thornberry has voted with the Republican Party 97.0% of the time, which ranked 113th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[36]

Personal

Mac and his wife, Sally, have two children.[3]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Mac Thornberry," Accessed October 27, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 27, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. ‘’Buzzfeed,” “Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban,” May 18, 2012
  6. Texas Tribune, “Texas Congressman Will Back Romney,” April 5, 2012
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Republican candidate list
  9. Unofficial Republican primary results
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mac Thornberry," Accessed March 25, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission "Mac Thornberry Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  21. 'Federal Election Commission "Mac Thornberry April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  22. 'Federal Election Commission "Mac Thornberry July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  23. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," Accessed July 11, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Mac Thornberry 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  25. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Mac Thornberry 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  27. Gov Track "Mac Thornberry," Accessed June 7 2013
  28. OpenCongress, "Mac Thornberry," Accessed August 2, 2013
  29. GovTrack, "Mac Thornberry," Accessed April 2, 2013
  30. LegiStorm, "Mac Thornberry," Accessed September 17, 2012
  31. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  32. OpenSecrets.org "Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  33. OpenSecrets.org, "Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  34. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  35. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  36. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Sarpalius
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 13th District
1995-Present
Succeeded by
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