Mac Thornberry

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Mac Thornberry
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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 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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent 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

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.[10] 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.[11] Thornberry voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

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 funds 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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Health Care 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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.” [21] 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. [22]

Campaign themes

2014

Thornberry's campaign website lists the following issues:[23]

  • 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 is seeking 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 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.[24][25]

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.[35]

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.[36]

Mac Thornberry (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$461,600.31$198,894.17$(103,904.05)$556,590.43
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$556,590.43$195,926.18$(155,399.85)$597,116.76
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$597,116.76$177,661.77$(152,040.31)$622,738.22
Year-End[40]January 31, 2014$622,738$130,250$(207,835)$545,153
Pre-Primary[41]February 20, 2014$545,153$130,214$(306,625)$368,742
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$368,742$195,645$(279,085)$285,302
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2014$285,302$221,941$(85,693)$421,550
Running totals
$1,250,532.12$(1,290,582.21)

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.[44]

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.[45] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[46]

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.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]

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.[50]

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.[51]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Thornberry was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Thornberry's staff was given an apparent $48,045.00 in bonus money.[52]

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.[53]

Mac Thornberry Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$447,5039.01%
2011$410,5036.21%
2010$386,502N/A

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.[54]

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.[55]

Voting with party

2013

Thornberry voted with the Republican Party 97.0% of the time, which ranked 113th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[56]

Personal

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

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See also

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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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. ‘’Buzzfeed,” “Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban,” May 18, 2012
  22. Texas Tribune, “Texas Congressman Will Back Romney,” April 5, 2012
  23. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed January 21, 2014
  24. Republican candidate list
  25. Unofficial Republican primary results
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mac Thornberry," Accessed March 25, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission "Mac Thornberry Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Mac Thornberry April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Mac Thornberry July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Mac Thornberry October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Mac Thornberry Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Mac Thornberry Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Mac Thornberry April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Mac Thornberry July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  44. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," Accessed July 11, 2013
  45. Open Secrets "Mac Thornberry 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  46. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  47. Open Secrets "Mac Thornberry 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  48. Gov Track "Mac Thornberry," Accessed June 7 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Mac Thornberry," Accessed August 2, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Mac Thornberry," Accessed April 2, 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Mac Thornberry," Accessed September 17, 2012
  52. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  53. OpenSecrets.org, "Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), 2012"
  54. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  55. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Sarpalius
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 13th District
1995-Present
Succeeded by
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