U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) announced he would not seek re-election, becoming the sixth Republican from Texas and 17th Republican nationally to do so.
“It has been a great honor for me to represent the people of the 13th District of Texas for the last 25 years,” Thornberry said in a statement. “We are reminded, however, that ‘for everything there is a season,’ and I believe that the time has come for a change.”
Thornberry, who was first elected in 1994, is term-limited as the top Republican member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. He raised $206K during the second quarter and had just over $700K on hand as of June 30.
The district contains much of SD31, currently held by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) and all or significant portions of HD68, held by Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster); HD69, held by Rep. James Frank (R-Wichita Falls); HD86, held by Rep. John Smithee (R-Amarillo); and HD87, held by Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo); and half of HD88, held by Rep. Ken King (R-Canadian).
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