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Key Votes

Mac Thornberry's Voting Records on Issue: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Full Name: William 'Mac' M. Thornberry
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 13, Republican
First Elected: 11/08/1994
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 13
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sally; 2 Children: Will, Mary
Birth Date: 07/15/1958
Birth Place: Clarendon, TX
Home City: Clarendon, TX
Religion: Presbyterian

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 28, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(286 - 138)
Nay
July 19, 2012 H Amdt 1416 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted - House
(247 - 166)
Yea
May 16, 2012 HR 4970 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(222 - 205)
Yea
May 9, 2012 H Amdt 1096 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention with the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted - House
(245 - 171)
Yea
Dec. 15, 2010 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(250 - 175)
Nay
May 28, 2010 HR 5136 2010-2011 Defense Appropriation Authorizations Bill Passed - House
(229 - 186)
Nay
May 27, 2010 H Amdt 672 Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" After Military Review and Certification Amendment Adopted - House
(234 - 194)
Nay
Oct. 8, 2009 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(281 - 146)
Nay
April 29, 2009 HR 1913 Hate Crimes Expansion Bill Passed - House
(249 - 175)
Nay
Nov. 7, 2007 HR 3685 Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) Bill Passed - House
(235 - 184)
Nay
May 3, 2007 HR 1592 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(237 - 180)
Nay
July 18, 2006 H J Res 88 Same-Sex Marriage Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(236 - 187)
Yea
July 12, 1996 H Amdt 1286 Definition of Marriage Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(103 - 311)
Nay
July 12, 1996 HR 3396 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Bill Passed - House
(342 - 67)
Yea
Nov. 1, 1995 H Amdt 890 Domestic Partners Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(249 - 172)
Yea

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