William Thornberry

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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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


Record and controversies

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Positions and Views

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

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

Political Courage Test

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

Iraq War

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

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


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

Environmental record

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

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

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

Congressional Career

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

2006 elections

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

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Lockheed Martin$ 75,900
Northrop Grumman$ 29,000
Amarillo National Bank$ 15,350
National Cattlemen's Beef Assn$ 11,650
General Electric$ 11,500
Cerberus Capital Management$ 11,000
General Dynamics$ 11,000
L-3 Communications$ 11,000
Medders Oil$ 10,675
Huntington Ingalls Industries$ 10,500
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for William Thornberry
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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

Coalitions and Caucuses

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

Boards and other Affiliations

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

More Background Data

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


DC office
  • 2209 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3706 Fax: 202-225-3486
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District offices
  • 905 South Fillmore Street, Suite 520, Amarillo, TX 79101
    Ph: 806-371-8844 Fax: (none entered)
  • 4245 Kemp, Suite 506, Wichita Falls, TX 76308
    Ph: 940-692-1700 Fax: (none entered)
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