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Rep. Mac Thornberry

Representative for Texas’s 13th District

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Thornberry is the representative for Texas’s 13th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 4, 1995. Thornberry is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Thornberry.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Thornberry is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Thornberry has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Mac Thornberry sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Thornberry was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 13 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Thornberry sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (43%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Taxation (18%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Environmental Protection (11%)

Recent Bills

Some of Thornberry’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Thornberry voted Nay

Thornberry voted Nay

Thornberry voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Thornberry voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Thornberry voted Aye

Thornberry voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Thornberry voted Nay

Thornberry voted Nay

Thornberry voted No

Passed 386/41 on Jul 8, 2009.

The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (H.R. 2965, S. 4023) is a landmark United States federal statute enacted in December 2010 that ...

Thornberry voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Thornberry voted Nay

Passed 338/52 on May 18, 2009.

The Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, or FERA, Pub.L. 111–21, S. 386, 123 Stat. 1617, enacted May 20, 2009, is a public law ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Oct 2019, Thornberry missed 184 of 16,615 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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