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Mac Thornberry
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U.S. House, Texas, District 13
In office
January 3, 1995-present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 19
Legislative counsel to U.S. Rep. Thomas G. Loeffler
Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Larry Combest
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs, Department of State
High schoolClarendon High School, TX
Bachelor'sTexas Tech University, Lubbock
J.D.University of Texas School of Law
BirthdayJuly 15, 1958
Place of birthClarendon, TX
ProfessionRancher, lawyer
Office website
Campaign website
William McClellan "Mac" Thornberry (b. July 15, 1958) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Thornberry represents the 13th congressional district of Texas and was first elected to the House in 1994.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Thornberry is a "rank-and-file Republican".[1]


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]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Thornberry serves on the following House committees[3]:


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.” [4] Critics said the move was done under the radar and that there are ways to modernize without getting rid of these safeguards.

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Thornberry voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 14 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[5]

Presidential preference


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

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



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

Thornberry is running 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 is running against John Robert Deek (L) and Keith Houston (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[7][8]


On November 2, 2010, Thornberry won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Keith Dyer (I) and John T. Burwell (L).[9]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 13, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMac Thornberry Incumbent 87% 113,201
     Independent Keith Dyer 8.6% 11,192
     Libertarian John T. Burwell 4.3% 5,650
Total Votes 130,043

Campaign donors

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.[10]


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Sarpalius
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 13th District
Succeeded by