Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee where he leads the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats. He is also a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
In early 2011, Mac was appointed by House leaders to spearhead a Cybersecurity Task Force to guide action on this growing threat. The group’s October 2011 recommendations were well-received by both parties in the House and the Senate, the White House, private businesses, and other organizations. In April 2012, the House of Representatives passed four cyber bills that reflected a number of the Task Force’s recommendations.
Widely-respected as an innovator and strategic thinker, Mac was one of the first in Congress to recognize the need to confront terrorism. Six months before 9/11, he introduced a bill to establish what would eventually become the Department of Homeland Security. He has consistently been on the leading edge of critical national security issues, has written widely on defense matters, and appeared on all major cable and network television channels providing congressional insight on national security issues.