Mac Thornberry

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Local student wins national art contest

2016/04/26

A Kelton ISD student has been selected to represent the 13th Congressional District of Texas in the nationwide 2016 Congressional Art Competition. A drawing submitted by Felicia Butler, daughter of Jovita Butler of Shamrock, will be displayed in the hallways of the United States Capitol for an entire year. 

The drawing of a bison, entitled “Movement on the Plains,” was selected as the winning entry from the 13th District of Texas. "One of my inspirations stems from a field trip I took to the Wichita Mountains,” Felicia said of her winning artwork. “I was drawn to the flourishing nature and the wildlife that roamed so freely around me. The buffalo is an inspiration because it is a true American icon.”

Winners of the competition are invited to Washington, D.C., for a special reception to honor the winners. Felicia plans to attend the event this year and visit with U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) while she is there. 

“We had many impressive pieces of art submitted by students from across our part of Texas for this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Thornberry said. “Felicia’s piece of the bison is representative of the Texas panhandle and demonstrates a great deal of artistic talent. I am proud to have it represent our district in the Capitol building for the next year.”

Felicia’s art teacher, Sarah Harless, said, “Felicia is a very talented young lady who is disciplined and dedicated to everything she does.” She continued, “I feel very blessed to be her art teacher.” Felicia is a senior at Kelton ISD. 

The Congressional Art Competition is a national competition that selects one piece of artwork from each of the 435 U.S. congressional districts and territories for a year-long exhibit in Washington, D.C. The annual contest for high school students has taken place since 1982. Read More

Thornberry recognized for strong support of military and service members

2016/04/13

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) presented U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) with its highest annual award Tuesday during a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The Col. Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award was given to Thornberry, who serves as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, for his strong leadership and support of the uniformed services community.

“I am very grateful for this award, but the real credit belongs to the men and women who serve or have served and their families,” Thornberry said. “Our job is to support them, and I appreciate MOAA’s role in advocating for our people and our national security.”

MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired and former military officers and their families and survivors. The association annually recognizes individuals or organizations that strongly support service members and their families.

“As chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Thornberry has shown consistent, strong leadership in supporting personnel, compensation and healthcare programs for the military community,” said retired Air Force General Tony Robertson, MOAA chairman of the board.  “He is a true champion for those that wear and have worn the uniform, and their families.”

Col. Arthur T. Marix founded MOAA in 1929 and served as the association's first president until 1944. MOAA has awarded the Marix award since 1997.

You can download photos of the event by clicking here.

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Thornberry files legal brief in Red River landowners' lawsuit

2016/03/30

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) along with Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and 19 representatives today filed an amicus brief in the case of Aderholt et al. v. Bureau of Land Management et al. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of landowners along the Red River by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, seeks to protect the landowners’ property rights from claims by the federal government’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

“There are two fronts in this fight against the federal government’s land grab along the Red River: one is the legislation that Sen. Cornyn and I have introduced, which passed the House in December, and the other is through the courts with this lawsuit,” Thornberry said. “Until there is a fair resolution in this matter, we will not let up in our efforts to assure landowners that their private property rights will be protected. This legal brief makes it clear that BLM has exceeded its authority under the law.” 

The dispute began in December 2013 when BLM announced it was beginning the process to revise its Resource Management Plan for lands it manages. The agency says there are thousands of acres along the Red River that may be considered public domain. The 116-mile stretch of land spans Wilbarger, Wichita, and Clay counties. Because of the uncertainty and questions about BLM’s claim, landowners are unable to sell, borrow against, or improve their land.

Thornberry’s office has held multiple meetings, phone calls, and other correspondence with landowners, as well as local and state officials, to coordinate action. Last year, Thornberry introduced the “Red River Private Property Protection Act,” H.R. 2130, which passed the House in December by a vote of 253-177. Sen. Cornyn has introduced similar legislation in the Senate.
 
Other plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Clay, Wichita, and Wilbarger counties and Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemons. The State of Texas and the Texas General Land Office have each been granted motions to intervene in the lawsuit by a federal judge.
 
Thornberry filed the amicus brief with the support of Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Reps. Kevin Brady, Michael Burgess, John Carter, Mike Conaway, John Culberson, Blake Farenthold, Bill Flores, Louie Gohmert, Kay Granger, Jeb Hensarling, Sam Johnson, Kenny Marchant, Michael McCaul, Randy Neugebauer, Ted Poe, John Ratcliffe, Pete Sessions, Randy Weber, and Roger Williams.

You can view a copy of the amicus brief clicking here.

You can download video interview footage for news purposes on this issue by clicking here.

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Thornberry staff to host U.S. Service Academy Forum in Amarillo

2016/03/29

On Saturday, April 16, staff from the office of U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) will host the annual 13th District’s Service Academy Forum for high school students interested in pursuing an education at a United States Service Academy. 

The free, informational event will take place at the Texas Air and Space Museum in the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. This forum is designed for potential nominees in their junior or senior year of high school. However, all local students of any age, parents, and counselors are invited to attend. No R.S.V.P. is required. 

To be eligible to attend an academy, students must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday by the entry date; must be a United States citizen; unmarried; and, have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

“Nominating students to a service academy is one of the highest privileges I have in Congress,” said Thornberry, who serves as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. “We owe the deepest gratitude to the brave men and women who serve to protect our freedoms, and I applaud each and every student for their desire to answer this worthy calling.”

At the event, representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy(West Point), and the U.S. Naval Academy will provide details on appointment procedures, daily life at the academies, and post-graduate military commitments, as well as answer any specific questions from the audience. Information about the U.S. Merchant Marine Academywill also be provided. 

Each applicant must receive a nomination from a member of Congress in order to be considered. As a member of Congress, Rep. Thornberry is allowed to nominate a limited number of students for each service academy per year. 

Applications for nominations must be submitted to the Congressman’s Amarillo office by December 1 of a student’s senior year. After reviewing the congressional nominations and student applications, the service academies will make final selections and offers of appointment in the spring.

Accepted nominees will receive a free education, including tuition and room and board, in return for an agreement to serve as an officer in the military for a minimum of five years after graduation. 

For more information on the forum or the academy application process, please visit Rep. Thornberry’s website or Facebook page.

AMARILLO SERVICE ACADEMY FORUM
 
WHO:      Representatives from Rep. Mac Thornberry’s Office
                  Service Academy Representatives

WHAT:    U.S. Service Academy Forum for prospective students & parents

WHEN:    Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. CT

WHERE:  The Texas Air and Space Museum in the Rick Husband Amarillo Airport
                   10001 American Drive
                   Amarillo, TX 79111        

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Thornberry staff to host U.S. Service Academy Forum in Wichita Falls

2016/03/29

On Saturday, April 2, staff from the office of U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) will host the annual 13th District’s Service Academy Forum for high school students interested in pursuing an education at a United States Service Academy. 

The free, informational event will take place at the Region 9 Education Service Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This forum is designed for potential nominees in their junior or senior year of high school. However, all local students of any age, parents, and counselors are invited to attend.  No R.S.V.P. is required. 

To be eligible to attend an academy, students must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday by the entry date; must be a United States citizen; unmarried; and, have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

“Nominating students to a service academy is one of the highest privileges I have in Congress,” said Thornberry, who serves as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.  “We owe the deepest gratitude to the brave men and women who serve to protect our freedoms, and I applaud each and every student for their desire to answer this worthy calling.”

At the event, representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy(West Point), and the U.S. Naval Academy will provide details on appointment procedures, daily life at the academies, and post-graduate military commitments, as well as answer any specific questions from the audience. Information about the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will also be provided. 

Each applicant must receive a nomination from a member of Congress in order to be considered. As a member of Congress, Rep. Thornberry is allowed to nominate a limited number of students for each service academy per year. 

Applications for nominations must be submitted to the Congressman’s Wichita Falls office by December 1 of a student’s senior year. After reviewing the congressional nominations and student applications, the service academies will make final selections and offers of appointment in the spring.

Accepted nominees will receive a free education, including tuition and room and board, in return for an agreement to serve as an officer in the military for a minimum of five years after graduation. 

For more information on the forum or the academy application process, please visit Rep. Thornberry’s website or Facebook page.

WICHITA FALLS SERVICE ACADEMY FORUM
 
WHO:      Representatives from Rep. Mac Thornberry’s Office
                  Service Academy Representatives

WHAT:    U.S. Service Academy Forum for prospective students & parents

WHEN:    Saturday, April 2, 2016,  from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. CT

WHERE:  Region 9 Education Service Center
                   301 Loop 11
                   Wichita Falls, TX 76306

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Thornberry announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition

2016/03/28

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) is now accepting entries for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to all eligible high school students in the 13th Congressional District. The winner will have his or her art displayed in the United States Capitol for one year. The deadline for entries is April 18, 2016, and the winner will be announced April 25, 2016.

“Every spring, I look forward to seeing the talent, creativity, and originality displayed by our high school artists,” said Thornberry. “Seeing our young people working hard and getting involved always makes me proud.”  

The winning student will be invited to participate in the exhibition’s opening celebration in Washington, D.C. this summer. 

Guidelines for submissions can be found at http://thornberry.house.gov/art/

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Thornberry statement on ISIS attacks in Brussels

2016/03/22

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) issued the following statement in response to the ISIS attacks in Brussels: 

"Today’s attacks in Brussels are yet another reminder of the evil that exists in this world and seeks to do us harm. The U.S. stands with Belgium, but we all can and should do more to defeat ISIS. That does not mean that the U.S. must solve all the problems of the world, but it does mean that America is a unique force for good. Without our leadership, the world is a more dangerous place.

"Thankfully, we have the greatest military in the world standing ready for our defense. I will continue to do everything I can to support our military and see that it has the resources it needs carry out its mission. I hope you all will continue to pray for our nation, for our men and women in uniform and their families, and for the many innocent people around the world who continue to suffer at the hands of such evil." Read More

Thornberry, House authorize legal support for Texas, states in Supreme Court case

2016/03/17

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted today in support of a resolution, H. Res. 639, authorizing the Speaker to file a legal brief on behalf of the House of Representatives in support of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on the deportation of some illegal immigrants. The lawsuit was filed by the State of Texas and 25 other states and will be heard by the Supreme Court this summer. The resolution passed the House by a vote of 234 to 186.

“The importance of this lawsuit cannot be understated as it goes to the heart of the separation of powers in our constitutional system,” Thornberry said. “The Supreme Court should recognize that no president, whether Democrat or Republican, should have the power to circumvent Congress and undermine the rule of law.” 

"This is very important. If we’re going to maintain the founding principle of being a self-governing people, if we’re going to maintain the founding principle of government by consent of the governed, the legislative branch of government needs to be the one writing the laws—not the executive branch,” said Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) .

In a ruling last year, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the states in the lawsuit. The Court’s decision prevents the Obama Administration’s implementation of the executive actions while the matter makes its way through the legal system. 

In the lawsuit, the Supreme Court asked whether the President’s executive amnesty violates his duties under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” Thornberry said that is a question the House is uniquely qualified to answer, because under Article I, “all legislative Powers” are vested in Congress. 

H. Res. 639 authorizes Speaker Ryan to file a brief on behalf of the whole House defending Congress’s Article I powers. The decision to file these briefs is usually made by the House’s Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, not the full body. This is the first time any speaker has taken this step.

Thornberry voted last year in support of H.R. 240, the “Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act,” which prevents any funds from being used to carry out the President’s executive actions that grant deferred action to nearly five million illegal immigrants. The bill passed Congress and was signed into law by the President. 



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Thornberry reacts to the President's Supreme Court nomination

2016/03/16

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) issued the following statement after President Obama announced his nominee to the Supreme Court:
 
“President Obama has a constitutional right to nominate anyone he wants to the Supreme Court, but only the Senate has the constitutional power to confirm a nominee.
 
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has clearly stated that the Senate will not consider anyone until the American people have spoken in this year’s presidential election.”


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Thornberry: President's plan to close GTMO 'more press release than plan'

2016/02/23

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) issued the following statement about the White House's plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO):

What the President submitted today is more press release than a plan. It is no substitute for the legally-required detainee plan the President must submit to Congress. That plan is now overdue. 

"Among the information missing is the proposed location for a new detention facility. More than seven years after he first ordered the detention center at GTMO closed, I find it telling that the White House has either failed to work out these important details or they know, but refuse to disclose them, to the American public. It suggests to me that the President is more interested in fulfilling a campaign promise at any cost, than in transparently addressing the risk associated with bringing terrorists to the United States. And this should be worrisome - after all, this is the President who has consistently underestimated the threat Islamic extremists pose to America.  

"I have pledged to give the President’s plan a fair hearing, but he makes it impossible to do so when he withholds critical details.Read More

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Contact Information

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Phone 202-225-3706
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thornberry.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Armed Services

A fifth generation Texan, Mac Thornberry has strong ties to the people he serves in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mac is a lifelong resident of the 13th District of Texas. His family has been ranching in the area since 1881 – a family business in which Mac remains actively involved.

Mac shares the values of the people he represents and continues to fight for the things that are important to them. He is a longtime advocate of lower taxes and limited government. Boosting domestic energy production, protecting private property rights, and reforming health care are top priorities for Mac. He strongly supports cutting government spending and creating the kind of policies that encourage economic growth, rather than suffocating it.  Additionally, as one of the few Members of Congress personally involved in agriculture, Mac understands the challenges agricultural producers face and has been a key player in efforts to support producers in the 13th District.

Mac has established himself as a leader in national security, an area in which he continues to be given new responsibilities and opportunities to help advance the security of our nation.  He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Armed Services Committee where he also leads the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities.  He also continues to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
In early 2011, Mac was tapped by the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader to spearhead a Cybersecurity Task Force to guide House legislative action on this growing national security and economic threat. Well-respected by Members on both sides of the aisle for his insight and leadership, they asked Mac to chair a group of lawmakers representing nine major committees of jurisdiction. The charge was to make recommendations in a number of areas including updating existing laws, protecting critical infrastructure, and sharing cybersecurity information. On October 5, 2011, the Task Force released its recommendations, which have received a favorable response from Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate, as well as the White House, private businesses, and other outside organizations.
Mac is also widely respected as an innovator and strategic thinker.  He was one of the first in Congress to recognize the need to confront the threat of terrorism. Six months before the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Mac introduced a bill to create a new Department of Homeland Security, which formed the basis of legislation signed into law by President Bush 20 months later. He has also played a major role in shaping national policy on transformation of the military and strategic nuclear issues. In addition, he is at the forefront of efforts in Congress to protect the country from threats ranging from terrorist attacks to nuclear proliferation.
Born in Clarendon and raised on the family ranch in Donley County, Mac graduated from Clarendon High School before continuing his education at Texas Tech University. After obtaining a B.A. in history from Tech in 1980, he went on to the University of Texas Law School where he graduated in 1983. For the next several years, he worked in Washington, including serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs in the State Department under President Reagan.In 1989, Mac joined his brothers in the cattle business and practiced law in Amarillo.  He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.

Mac’s wife, Sally, is also a native Texan. They have two children.


Serving With

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Brian Babin

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

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