“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Congressman Mac Thornberry is a fifth-generation Texan and lifelong resident of the 13 District of Texas, which he represents in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Mac is the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee – the first Texan of either party to hold the position. In a time of unprecedented security challenges, Mac is committed to ensuring that the United States has the military capability and agility to protect the nation and our interests around the world. His priority as Chairman is to support and provide for the men and women who serve our country. In addition, he is leading a major defense reform effort to see that tax dollars are used more effectively and efficiently and that the U.S. is better able to meet the many threats we face.
In his time in Congress, Mac has served as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Budget Committee, Resources Committee, and Select Committee on Homeland Security. In 2011 and 2012, he chaired the Task Force on Cybersecurity.
Mac previously served as Deputy Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs under President Ronald Reagan, as a Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill, and practiced law in Amarillo, Texas. Mac’s family has been ranching in the District since 1881 – a family business in which he remains actively involved.
Mac graduated from Texas Tech University and received a law degree from the University of Texas. His wife, Sally, is also a native Texan. They have two children.