Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) formally filed his candidacy Monday to represent the 13th Congressional district of Texas – which includes the western half of Wise County.
He is seeking his 11th term in the U.S. House.
“I am honored that folks in this district hired me to represent them in Washington during some very difficult times for our country,” he said. “I never forget who I work for. With every vote I take, I try hard to represent the views and the values of folks here at home, to give our area a strong voice in their government. At the same time, I try to do what’s right for the future of our country.”
Thornberry was born in Clarendon and raised on the family ranch in Donley County. He graduated from Clarendon High School and attended Texas Tech University, earning a bachelor of arts in history in 1980. He went on to the University of Texas Law School where he graduated in 1983.
After working in Washington for several years, including serving as deputy assistant secretary for Legislative Affairs in the State Department under President Ronald Reagan, he joined his brothers in the cattle business and opened a law practice in Amarillo.
He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.
Thornberry, a longtime advocate of lower taxes and limited government, has worked on boosting domestic energy production, protecting private property rights and reforming health care during his time in Congress. As one of the few members of Congress personally involved in agriculture, he understands the challenges agricultural producers face and has been a key player in efforts to support producers in the 13th District.
He has also established himself as a leader in national security – an area in which he continues to be given new responsibilities and opportunities. He serves as the vice chairman of the Armed Services Committee where he also leads the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities.
Thornberry also continues to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
His wife, Sally, is also a native Texan. They have two children.