Thornberry wins re-election for 12th consecutive term

Thornberry wins re-election for 12th consecutive term
U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) was awarded the 'Texas State Council Legislator of the Year' by Vietnam veterans organization Tuesday.

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Mac Thornberry will be well into his third decade representing the Panhandle and a swath of North Texas by the time his newest term is finished.

Voters overwhelmingly sent him back to his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives today where he has served District 13 since 1994.

Thornberry (R-Clarendon) didn't have a Democratic opponent, but the Green and Libertarian parties selected Rusty Tomlinson and Calvin DeWeese, respectively.

""It is an honor to represent the people of the 13th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives," Thornberry said in a statement. "I appreciate the support and trust the voters have placed in me, and I will do all I can to give them and our country my best."

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The race has not been called by state officials, but Thornberry has more than 90 percent of the vote as of 8:25 p.m.

The Republican lawyer from Clarendon is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee which oversees the Pentagon, all military services and all Department of Defense agencies, according to his website.

He has previously served on a variety of intelligence, security and finance committees as well as chairing the Task Force on Cybersecurity.

NewsChannel 10 will have a live interview with Thornberry tonight as well as complete coverage from all of today's races during the News @ Ten (9:55 p.m. start time).

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