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|Last election = [[Texas' 13th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Cost per vote 2012 = $4.64
 
|Appointed =
 
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|First elected = November 8, 1994
 
|First elected = November 8, 1994
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = [[Texas' 13th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next primary = March 4, 2014
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|Next election = [[Texas' 13th Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
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|Prior office = Deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs, Department of State
 
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|Place of birth = Clarendon, TX
 
|Place of birth = Clarendon, TX
 
|Profession = Rancher, lawyer
 
|Profession = Rancher, lawyer
|Net worth = $410,503
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{{tnr}}'''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.
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{{tnr}}'''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 [[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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref>
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Thornberry most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated [[John Robert Deek]] (L) and [[Keith Houston]] (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012]</ref>
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Thornberry {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014.
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Thornberry earned his B.A. from Texas Tech and his J.D. from the University of Texas.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=T000238 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Mac Thornberry," Accessed October 27, 2011]</ref> 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.<ref name="bio"/>
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Thornberry earned his B.A. from Texas Tech and his J.D. from the University of Texas.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=T000238 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Mac Thornberry," accessed October 27, 2011]</ref> 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.<ref name="bio"/>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
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===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Thornberry serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress]</ref>
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Thornberry serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref>
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services|Committee on Armed Services]]
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services|Committee on Armed Services]]
 
**Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities ''Chair''
 
**Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities ''Chair''
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**Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence
 
**Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence
  
====2011-12====
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====2011-2012====
Thornberry served on the following House committees<ref name="bio"/>:
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Thornberry served on the following House committees:<ref name="bio"/>
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services|House Armed Services Committee]] ''Vice Chair''
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services|House Armed Services Committee]] ''Vice Chair''
 
** Subcommittee on Emerging Threats
 
** Subcommittee on Emerging Threats
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===Legislative actions===
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====113th Congress====
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====National security====
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=====NDAA=====
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{{Support vote}} Thornberry voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45512#.UjdO8j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
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{{Support vote}} Thornberry voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44545#.UjdO9j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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=====CISPA (2013)=====
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{{Support vote}} Thornberry voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Economy====
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=====Farm bill=====
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{{House Farm Bill GOP Yes|Name=Thornberry}}
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=====2014 Budget=====
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{{House Budget 2014 GOP Yes|Name=Thornberry}}
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=====Government shutdown=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{support vote}}
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On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Thornberry voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{oppose vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Thornberry voted against HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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=====Federal Pay Adjustment Act=====
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{{Support vote}} Thornberry voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42596#.UjdQCD9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Immigration====
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=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
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{{Support vote}} Thornberry voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Healthcare====
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=====Healthcare Reform Rules=====
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{{Support vote}} Thornberry voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45799#.UjdQtz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Social issues====
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=====Abortion=====
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{{Support vote}} Thornberry voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.UjdRJz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Previous congressional sessions====
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=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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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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===Political positions===
 
===Political positions===
 
====Legalizing propaganda====
 
====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.” <ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/congressmen-seek-to-lift-propaganda-ban ‘’Buzzfeed,“Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban,” May 18, 2012]</ref> Critics said the move was done under the radar and that there are ways to modernize without getting rid of these safeguards.  
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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.”<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/congressmen-seek-to-lift-propaganda-ban ''Buzzfeed,'' “Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban,” May 18, 2012]</ref> Critics said the move was done under the radar and that there are ways to modernize without getting rid of these safeguards.  
  
 
===Presidential preference===
 
===Presidential preference===
 
{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/romney-racking-texas-endorsements/ ''Texas Tribune,'' “Texas Congressman Will Back Romney,” April 5, 2012]</ref>
 
{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/romney-racking-texas-endorsements/ ''Texas Tribune,'' “Texas Congressman Will Back Romney,” April 5, 2012]</ref>
  
===Specific votes===
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===Campaign themes===
====Fiscal Cliff====
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====2014====
{{Support vote}}
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Thornberry's campaign website lists the following issues:<ref>[http://www.macthornberry.com/on-the-issues/ ''Campaign website,'' "Issues," accessed January 21, 2014]</ref>
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 one 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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*'''Overregulation
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:Excerpt: "Today there are more federal regulations on the books than any other time in our nation’s history. This blizzard of regulations, in many cases, is the Administration’s way of bypassing Congress and imposing its will through the back door. Mac is a strong advocate for simplifying, streamlining, and opening up the regulatory process to prevent or reduce overreach by the federal government."
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:Excerpt: "Mac believes that the first job of the federal government is to defend the country. He has been a strong advocate for making sure that the military and national security professionals have the tools they need to do the job the country asks of them. He also believes it is wrong to play partisan politics with those who risk their lives to protect America."
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*'''Fiscal Responsibility
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:Excerpt: "Mac believes that the federal government should be required to balance its budget, just as millions of American families have to do. He supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and has voted for it repeatedly."
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*'''Obamacare
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:Excerpt: "Although the Supreme Court has ruled the individual mandate is constitutional, Mac believes that upending the entire health care system when 84 percent of Americans are already covered by health insurance was an enormous mistake."
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*'''A Fairer, Flatter Tax Code
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:Excerpt: "Mac always remembers that every dollar spent by the federal government is first earned by a taxpayer. He also knows that the more money the government confiscates in taxes, the less money there is for the family to spend on its needs. Therefore, Mac is a strong advocate for lower taxes."
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*'''Governments Role
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:Excerpt: "One of the most encouraging developments in American politics is the increased interest and participation by many people across our country. In a way, it is unfortunate that it took the combination of bail-outs, excessive spending, global warming taxes and regulations, and government-mandated health care for so many Americans to rise up and take action. But they have, and it is a good thing."
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 13th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Thornberry {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He defeated [[Elaine Hays]] and [[Pamela Lee Barlow]] to win the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. He will face [[Mike Minter]] (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
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===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Texas' 13th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 13th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Thornberry won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 13th congressional district elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://candidates.texasgop.org/offices/united-states-representative Republican candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160_state.htm Unofficial Republican primary results]</ref>
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Thornberry won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 13th Congressional District elections, 2012|13th District]]. He defeated [[Pam Barlow]] in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012.  He then defeated [[John Robert Deek]] (L) and [[Keith Houston]] (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://candidates.texasgop.org/offices/united-states-representative ''Texas GOP'', "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160_state.htm ''Texas Secretary of State,'' "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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{{Primary election box 2012
 
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00006052&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Mac Thornberry," accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
 
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|result2012=Won
 
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|totalraised2008=778206
 
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|result2006=Won
 
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|result2004=Won
 
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Thornberry's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H4TX13014 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Mac Thornberry Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>
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{{Mac Thornberry 2014 FEC}}
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====Defense contractors====
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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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/top-10-hill-recipients-of-defense-contributions-93977.html ''Politico'', "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," accessed July 11, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:Mac Thornberry 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Thornberry's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:Mac Thornberry 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00006052&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Mac Thornberry 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00006052&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Mac Thornberry 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Thornberry spent $4.64 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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|party = Republican
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
[[File:Mac Thornberry 2010 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Thornberry's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:Mac Thornberry 2010 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00006052&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'' "Mac Thornberry 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00006052&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'', "Mac Thornberry 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
 
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|party = Republican
 
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Thornberry is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mac_thornberry/400404 ''Gov Track'' "Mac Thornberry," Accessed June 7 2013]</ref>  
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Thornberry is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mac_thornberry/400404 ''GovTrack'', "Mac Thornberry," accessed June 7 2013]</ref>  
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
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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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mac_thornberry/400404 ''GovTrack,'' "Mac Thornberry," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mac_thornberry/400404 ''GovTrack'', "Mac Thornberry," accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Mac_Thornberry.html ''LegiStorm'', "Mac Thornberry," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Mac_Thornberry.html ''LegiStorm'', "Mac Thornberry," accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00006052&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00006052&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
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====2012====
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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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
Cost per vote$4.64 in 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
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$447,503
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 Texas' 13th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 1994.

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

Thornberry is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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]

2011-2012

Thornberry served on the following House committees:[3]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Thornberry's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Thornberry voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Thornberry voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Thornberry voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Thornberry voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Thornberry voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Thornberry voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Thornberry voted against HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Thornberry voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Thornberry voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Thornberry voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Thornberry voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[26]

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.”[27] 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. [28]

Campaign themes

2014

Thornberry's campaign website lists the following issues:[29]

  • Overregulation
Excerpt: "Today there are more federal regulations on the books than any other time in our nation’s history. This blizzard of regulations, in many cases, is the Administration’s way of bypassing Congress and imposing its will through the back door. Mac is a strong advocate for simplifying, streamlining, and opening up the regulatory process to prevent or reduce overreach by the federal government."
  • National Security
Excerpt: "Mac believes that the first job of the federal government is to defend the country. He has been a strong advocate for making sure that the military and national security professionals have the tools they need to do the job the country asks of them. He also believes it is wrong to play partisan politics with those who risk their lives to protect America."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Mac believes that the federal government should be required to balance its budget, just as millions of American families have to do. He supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and has voted for it repeatedly."
  • Obamacare
Excerpt: "Although the Supreme Court has ruled the individual mandate is constitutional, Mac believes that upending the entire health care system when 84 percent of Americans are already covered by health insurance was an enormous mistake."
  • A Fairer, Flatter Tax Code
Excerpt: "Mac always remembers that every dollar spent by the federal government is first earned by a taxpayer. He also knows that the more money the government confiscates in taxes, the less money there is for the family to spend on its needs. Therefore, Mac is a strong advocate for lower taxes."
  • Governments Role
Excerpt: "One of the most encouraging developments in American politics is the increased interest and participation by many people across our country. In a way, it is unfortunate that it took the combination of bail-outs, excessive spending, global warming taxes and regulations, and government-mandated health care for so many Americans to rise up and take action. But they have, and it is a good thing."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Thornberry is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Elaine Hays and Pamela Lee Barlow to win the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. He will face Mike Minter (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Texas District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMac Thornberry Incumbent 67.9% 45,097
Elaine Hays 18.7% 12,438
Pam Barlow 13.3% 8,860
Total Votes 66,395
Source: Texas Secretary of State, Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

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 Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated John Robert Deek (L) and Keith Houston (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30][31]

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.[41]

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.[42]

Mac Thornberry (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2013$461,600.31$198,894.17$(103,904.05)$556,590.43
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$556,590.43$195,926.18$(155,399.85)$597,116.76
October Quarterly[45]October 15, 2013$597,116.76$177,661.77$(152,040.31)$622,738.22
Year-End[46]January 31, 2014$622,738$130,250$(207,835)$545,153
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$368,742$195,645$(279,085)$285,302
Running totals
$898,377.12$(898,264.21)

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.[48]

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.[49] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[50]

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.[51]

U.S. House, Texas District 13, 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.[52]

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.[53]

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.[54]

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.[55]

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.[56]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Thornberry's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $270,007 and $625,000. That averages to $447,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Thornberry ranked as the 282nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[57]

Mac Thornberry Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$447,503$71,000

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.[58]

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.[59]

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, 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.[60]

Personal

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

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Mac Thornberry," accessed October 27, 2011
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Preceded by
Bill Sarpalius
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 13th District
1995-Present
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