Mac Thornberry

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

House passes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

2017/11/16

WASHINGTON- U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted today in support of H.R.1, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," which passed the House by a vote of 227-205.

"It is time to create jobs, grow the economy, and improve everyone’s standard of living. We need to let hard working taxpayers keep more of the money they earn - that is exactly what this bill does," Thornberry said. "This tax reform is our chance to lower taxes, simplify the tax code, and give our economy the boost it needs."

Highlights:
  • Lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans to 12, 25, and 35 percent and maintains a 39.6 percent rate for high-income Americans;
  • Increases the standard deduction and eliminates special interest deductions;
  • Establishes a new family credit and expands and increases the Child Tax Credit;
  • Preserves the mortgage interest deduction for existing mortgages and maintains the mortgage interest deduction for new homes up to $500,000;
  • Continues to allow for state and local property tax deductions up to $10,000;
  • Limits the maximum tax rate for small and family-owned pass-through businesses to 25 percent;
  • Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20 percent; and
  • Doubles the Death Tax exemption and completely repeals the Death Tax after 7 years.
To read the full bill and summary click here.

 

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FY18 National Defense Authorization Act passes the House

2017/11/14

WASHINGTON-The U.S. House of Representatives passed the conference report of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 356 to 70. The conference report will now be approved by the Senate and sent to the President for signature. This is the third NDAA under U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry's (R-Clarendon) chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee.

“Over the last several years, we have seen an increase in threats and a decrease in funding for our military. This year's NDAA begins to rebuild our military and to ensure we can defend the American people,” Thornberry said. “It also supports our troops. Our servicemembers volunteer to risk their lives to protect us and our freedom. We owe them the best that our country can provide - the best equipment, in the best shape, with the best training."

The bill authorizes the full 2.4% pay raise for our troops. It repairs our ships, planes, and other equipment. And it improves our defense against missiles at a time of growing danger.

The NDAA also makes investments to support our military in confronting aggressions and threats around the world, including in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

Key Highlights of the NDAA:

  • Increases the size of Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, as well as Air Guard;
  • Adds $4.4 billion to meet critical missile defense needs, such as the growing threat from North Korea;
  • Permanently preserves special survivor indemnity allowance (SSIA) payments to more than 60,000 surviving military spouses;
  • Increases funding for military facilities to restore and maintain infrastructure;
  • Allows the Department of Defense (DOD) to buy commercial products through online, e-commerce sites;
  • Implements new oversight strategies as the DOD undergoes its first audit; and
  • Takes steps in reforming and improving our national security space programs to change the way we fight and win wars in space.

District Highlights

Bell:The bill authorizes the Marine Corps to enter into a multiyear contract for up to 7 years to purchase V-22s, which can provide needed flexibility and production certainty.Close to $2.9 billion is authorized for Bell’s V-22 Osprey and helicopter programs, including the procurement of 12 new Ospreys and 29 new H-1 helicopters. Much of the work for those aircraft will be performed in Amarillo.

Pantex: The bill provides $10.37 billion in funding for nuclear weapons activities including the work done at Pantex, which is $138 million more than the Administration’s budget request. All life extension programs, including the W76-1 program currently underway at Pantex, are fully funded. The bill includes $5.2 million to begin design and construction of the Pantex Material Staging Facility, which will dramatically improve operations and security at the plant. To help with aging infrastructure, the bill establishes the Infrastructure Modernization Initiative with a goal of reducing the nuclear security enterprise’s backlog of deferred maintenance and repair needs by 30 percent by 2025. An additional $150 million is included to help with this effort at Pantex and other facilities across the enterprise. Finally, the bill provides an increase of $28 million for defense nuclear security to ensure Pantex and other facilities maintain the highest level of security.

Sheppard Air Force Base: The NDAA authorizes funding for an increase in airmen and programs such as the training missions at Sheppard Air Force Base near Wichita Falls. It also includes language to tighten evaluation process of energy projects close to military installations to help ensure that bases and training ranges are not adversely impacted.

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Happy Veterans Day

2017/11/11

Dear Friend,

Today, November 11, 2017, is Veterans Day - a day that offers us a chance to show our gratitude to those who have bravely served our country in the military and to honor what they have sacrificed for our freedom and our security.  It is also a chance to recognize the families of veterans, who also serve our nation.

Our part of Texas is home to many of our country’s heroes.

Last month, Robert Earl Lance Jr., a World War II veteran, was laid to rest in Hereford, Texas.  In 1941, Robert and three other teenagers from Hereford headed up to Oklahoma City to join the Marines.  Robert was assigned to the 2nd 155mm Howitzer Battalion, later known as “The Unknown Battalion.”  His battalion played an important role in the Pacific Theater – Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, and Iwo Jima.  Following the war, Robert returned to Hereford and ran the family farm for the remainder of his life with his wife and children.

Another hero from Texas 13 was 1st Lieutenant Jesse Brown White.  1st Lieutenant White served in the Philippines during World War I after enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1917.  On February 22, 2017, his military grave marker was found under a birdbath in his daughter’s backyard.  It was then cleaned and restored to allow it to be placed next to his civilian headstone.  46 years after he passed away in 1970, White finally received the appropriate military honors in Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Texas, earlier this year. 

In addition to serving our country overseas, White was a doctor.  After the war, he moved to Amarillo to help rid the Texas Panhandle of tuberculosis.  He was a leader in finding the source of the outbreak and took care of Texans who contracted the ailment.  1st Lieutenant White remained in Amarillo practicing medicine for 30 years. 

Just as our veterans provide an invaluable service to our country, our country owes them something too.  We owe them the best equipment, the best training, the best support that our country can provide.

On this day, we are also reminded that we must continue to work to prepare our veterans for life after war.  We must support their return home and ensure that they have what they need for success.  These men and women have put their lives on the line to keep our country safe and they deserve the best in return.

Sally and I thank our veterans and our servicemembers, not only today, but every day.  Thank you for your bravery, and thank you for your service to our country. 

Sincerely,
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Happy Veterans Day

2017/11/11

Dear Friend,

Today, November 11, 2017, is Veterans Day - a day that offers us a chance to show our gratitude to those who have bravely served our country in the military and to honor what they have sacrificed for our freedom and our security.  It is also a chance to recognize the families of veterans, who also serve our nation.

Our part of Texas is home to many of our country’s heroes.

Last month, Robert Earl Lance Jr., a World War II veteran, was laid to rest in Hereford, Texas.  In 1941, Robert and three other teenagers from Hereford headed up to Oklahoma City to join the Marines.  Robert was assigned to the 2nd 155mm Howitzer Battalion, later known as “The Unknown Battalion.”  His battalion played an important role in the Pacific Theater – Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, and Iwo Jima.  Following the war, Robert returned to Hereford and ran the family farm for the remainder of his life with his wife and children.

Another hero from Texas 13 was 1st Lieutenant Jesse Brown White.  1st Lieutenant White served in the Philippines during World War I after enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1917.  On February 22, 2017, his military grave marker was found under a birdbath in his daughter’s backyard.  It was then cleaned and restored to allow it to be placed next to his civilian headstone.  46 years after he passed away in 1970, White finally received the appropriate military honors in Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Texas, earlier this year. 

In addition to serving our country overseas, White was a doctor.  After the war, he moved to Amarillo to help rid the Texas Panhandle of tuberculosis.  He was a leader in finding the source of the outbreak and took care of Texans who contracted the ailment.  1st Lieutenant White remained in Amarillo practicing medicine for 30 years. 

Just as our veterans provide an invaluable service to our country, our country owes them something too.  We owe them the best equipment, the best training, the best support that our country can provide.

On this day, we are also reminded that we must continue to work to prepare our veterans for life after war.  We must support their return home and ensure that they have what they need for success.  These men and women have put their lives on the line to keep our country safe and they deserve the best in return.

Sally and I thank our veterans and our servicemembers, not only today, but every day.  Thank you for your bravery, and thank you for your service to our country. 

Sincerely,
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Reforming our broken tax code

2017/11/08

Dear Friends,

The House Ways and Means Committee consideration of H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” is a significant step towards reforming our broken tax code.  This tax plan will help you keep more of the money you earn and will make the tax code fairer and simpler for everyone.

I encourage you to look at the details to of the bill.

While further adjustments will be made, the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan organization, ran the numbers and found that the bill would lower tax rates and the cost of capital, which would “lead to 3.9 percent higher GDP over the long term [and] 3.1 percent higher wages.”  To see the full study click here: https://taxfoundation.org/tax-cuts-jobs-act-state-impact/

To see the full bill visit: https://waysandmeans.house.gov/taxreform/



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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

2017/11/02


WASHINGTON
 - U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) commented on the release of H.R. 1, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," introduced today in the House.

"This tax reform bill is about promoting a strong economy, simplifying the tax code, creating jobs, and letting hardworking Americans keep more of the money they earn," Thornberry said.  "It is time to bring jobs back to America and become more competitive in the world market.  The House, Senate, and the Administration have been dedicated to this goal.  It is time for tax reform."  

Highlights: 
  • Lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans to 0, 12, 25, and 35 percent and maintains a 39.6 percent rate for high-income Americans;
  • Increases the standard deduction and eliminates special interest deductions;
  • Establishes a new family credit and expands and increases the Child Tax Credit;
  • Doubles the Death Tax exemption and completely repeals the Death Tax after 6 years;
  • Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20 percent; and
  • Limits the maximum tax rate for small and family-owned pass-through businesses to 25 percent.
Thornberry also said, "82.6 percent of filers in Texas 13 claim the standard deduction - this bill doubles that.  Over 19 percent of filers in our district claim the Child Tax Credit - this bill increases that by $600 per child and allows more filers to claim this credit.  This bill will mean more money is left in the pockets of Texas taxpayers and will give a boost to our economy." 

To read a section-by-section summary of H.R. 1 click here. 

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Tax reform framework

2017/09/27

Dear Friends,

To create jobs, grow the economy, and improve everyone’s standard of living, we need to let hard working taxpayers keep more of the money they earn.  We also need to simplify the tax code.  House and Senate Republicans and the Administration have jointly released a unified framework for tax reform.  We have a great opportunity to reform the tax code in a way that lowers taxes and fuels stronger economic growth while simplifying the burdens placed on ordinary taxpayers.  Both Congress and the President are committed to this goal.

Below is an overview of the tax reform framework.  For the full framework and more information click here.

I encourage you to email me, send mail, or call my office to give feedback on this initial tax reform framework. 


As always, I appreciate hearing from you.

Sincerely,



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House passes Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018

2017/09/14

House passesMake America Secure and Prosperous
Appropriations Act, 2018
WASHINGTON- U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted today in support of H.R. 3354, “Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018,” which passed the House by vote of 211-198.

This Act contains all 12 regular appropriations bills to fund the full government, including the full text of H.R 3219, which passed the House on July 27.H.R. 3219 includes appropriations for defense, energy and water, the legislative branch, and military construction/veterans affairs, as well as funding for tighter border security.This is the first time since 2009 that the House has passed all 12 appropriations bills before the end of the year.

“It is important to Americans that we keep our government working for them,” said Thornberry. “This Act will roll back burdensome policies that negatively impact Americans, invest in the security for our families, and reduce unnecessary spending.With the ever growing threats around the world and the increasing potential for our troops to be harmed in "peacetime" incidents, it is imperative that we pass full funding bills and break the pattern of temporary funding that hurts our military.”

H.R. 3354:

  • Provides funding to support farmers, food safety programs, and rural development;
  • Includes provisions that prevent regulatory and other harm to industries and small businesses;
  • Increases funding for law enforcement, national security, and cracks down on illegal immigration;
  • Stops the IRS from enforcing Obamacare's individual insurance mandate;
  • Supports new hires within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including Border Patrol Agents;
  • Includes funding for FEMA prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards through disaster relief;
  • Cuts funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and prevents burdensome regulations;
  • Pulls back regulations, including theWaters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule;
  • Prioritizes security, including the defeat of ISIS and other terrorist group; and
  • Invests in infrastructure, including highway improvement.
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H.R. 601, The READ Act (Hurricane Supplemental, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations, and Flood Insurance Package)

2017/09/08

H.R. 601, The READ Act (Hurricane Supplemental, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations, and
Flood Insurance Package)
WASHINGTON- Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement after the House passedH.R. 601, The READ Act (Hurricane Supplemental, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations,andFlood Insurance Package).

"Disaster assistance should be considered on its own – not to advance another agenda. I voted on Wednesday for a clean emergency disaster funding bill for Hurricane Harvey that passed the House with overwhelming support. Those affected by disasters need help from Washington, they do not need more of the same political games."

For Congressman Thornberry's full statementclick here.
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Good news from our nation's capital

2017/08/02

Dear Friend, 
 
After seven months of the 115th Congress, I want to provide a status report on where the major legislative issues stand.  While some in the media may be telling a different story, we have seen a lot of progress on many of the issues important to our area and to our country.   
 
As an overview, the charts below show how many bills have passed the House and how many bills have been signed into law this year as compared with the same period in prior administrations.  As you can tell, this year is well above average.



Below are some highlights and issues we have addressed so far, including bills that I have introduced; as well as links to more information. 
 
Regulations and Washington Overreach 
 
Reform and Overturn:  Regulations have been a major focus of the 115th Congress.  The House has worked to restructure how the bureaucracy makes regulations and how the courts litigate regulations.  We also used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to successfully overturn 14 harmful, Obama-era regulations.  The CRA has only been used once before to overturn a regulation. 
 
Status: H.R. 427, the “REINS Act” - House passed
Status: H.R. 998, the "SCRUB Act” - House passed
Status: 15 separate, harmful, Obama-era regulations 15 House passed, 14 Signed into Law 
 
Waters of the United States (WOTUS):  In February, I introduced a bill to clarify in statute what “navigable waters” means and especially what it does not. Placing a good definition in law will help ensure that the courts and future administrations will not revive attempts to regulate every bar ditch and puddle across the country with another misguided WOTUS Rule.  Legislation has also been signed into law that allows the Administration to withdraw the WOTUS rule without having to go through the existing processes and restrictions to repeal a rule.   
 
 
Wall Street Reform:  One of the most burdensome regulatory laws we have worked to reform is the Dodd-Frank Act, which has hurt everyone from small businesses to homebuyers.  I cosponsored and the House passed H.R. 10, the “Financial CHOICE Act,” in June.  This bill repeals and amends several provisions of Dodd-Frank and aims to create a simpler and more transparent regulatory financial system to create jobs and boost the economy.  
 
Healthcare Reform
 
Obamacare:  The House passed a bill to repeal and replace the worst parts of Obamacare in May with a process that can avoid a Senate filibuster and pass with a simple majority vote.  The House has also passed several additional bills to address other issues with Obamacare and our health care system.  The Senate has not yet been able to pass a repeal and replace bill, but I hope they continue to work to lower prices and provide more choices to patients.  Obamacare is simply not working as promised.  We must continue to work for ways to stop the harmful effects of this law, control costs, and put patients in charge of their health care.
 
Status: Obamacare repeal and replace - House passed 
Status: 7 other bills to improve healthcare - House passed 
 
Private Property Rights
 
BLM Red River:  This Congress, I introduced H.R. 428, the “Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act,” which passed the House in February, and the Senate held a hearing on Senator Cornyn’s identical bill last month.  This bill seeks to end questions of disputed land along the Red River to protect private property rights from federal ownership claims.  
 
 
Immigration and Border Security
 
Immigration Reform: Our immigration laws are in need of a major overhaul, and the House has passed important bills to address this issue.  The House has focused on making state and local governments ineligible for certain federal funds if they have “sanctuary” policies in effect.  “Kate’s Law,” inspired by Kathryn Steinle will strengthen the criminal penalties for people who attempt to illegally reenter the country after being convicted of certain felonies. 
 
Status: H.R. 3004, “Kate’s Law” -House passed
 
Border Patrol Agents: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has struggled to recruit and hire additional agents because of the pre-employment polygraph requirement, and as a result, is understaffed.  The House passed legislation to allow the Commissioner of the CBP to waive the polygraph requirement for candidates who have already been vetted and have served as either a law enforcement officer or a member of the Armed Services and have a security clearance.  
 
 
Human Trafficking 
 
Protecting Americans: Human trafficking is a global problem.  This is an issue that must not be ignored or underestimated - the safety of our families relies on it.  There is no international system in place to combat human trafficking effectively, and we must do better here at home.  Congress has made this issue a very high priority. 
 
Status: 16 Human Trafficking Bills - House passed 
 
Veterans' Affairs 
 
Supporting our Veterans: Meeting our commitments to our veterans and their families is one of the most important responsibilities of the federal government.  These men and women have put their lives on the line to keep our country safe, and they all deserve our best in return.  
 
Status: H.R. 244, the "HIRE Vets Act" - Signed into Law
Status: 30 Veterans’ Affairs Bills - House passed
 
National Security 
 
Rebuilding Our Military:  The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 when I introduced as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.  The bill covers the wide range of programs and activities carried out by the Department of Defense and portions of the Department of Energy.  The NDAA also supports Sheppard Air Force Base, Bell Helicopter, and Pantex in our local area
 
 
Sanctions on Hostile Regimes: It is our responsibility as the federal government to make sure that Americans are safe. The House has taken several votes to combat global adversaries through stricter economic restrictions. 
 
Status: H.R. 3364, the “Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act” - House passed, Senate passed, Signed into Law 
 
Supreme Court 
 
Neil M. Gorsuch: This year, President Trump nominated Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and the Senate confirmed him by a vote of 54 to 45.  This confirmation will have a positive impact on the Supreme Court for decades to come. 
 
Status: Neil Gorsuch - Senate confirmed 
 
Looking Ahead
 
Overhauling Broken Tax Code:  The first bill I introduced this Congress was H.R. 198, the “Death Tax Repeal Act,” that will completely and permanently repeal the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes.  Death should never be a taxable event.  Small business owners, farmers, and ranchers are especially vulnerable to this tax, making it more difficult for future generations to build upon their family's hard work.  President Trump's tax reform proposal and the House Republican “Better Way” plan both include a repeal of the death tax.  As we work with the Administration to fix our broken tax code, I will continue to push for a full repeal of the death tax.
 
Status: H.R. 198, the “Death Tax Repeal Act” Introduced in the House
 
I invite you to learn more about these issues and others by visiting my website here.  Have a question you would like answered?  Please contact me by phone, letter, e-mail, or on Facebook.
 
As always, I appreciate hearing from you.

Sincerely,
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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

Jodey Arrington

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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