A state representative who operates on behalf of Cooke County recently filed for candidacy to achieve another term, following March elections.
But in that race, the incumbent is now currently challenged by hopefuls Elaine Hays and Pam Barlow, both who filed earlier in the fall.
In early November, Mac Thornberry [R-Clarendon] formally filed to once again represent the 13th congressional district of Texas. Larger than 13 states and covering more than 40,000 square miles that include all or part of 44 counties, the 13th district encompasses the Texas Panhandle, goes south into the South Plains area north of Lubbock, and then runs east across the Red River Valley through Wichita Falls to Cooke County.
“I am honored that folks in this district hired me to represent them in Washington during some very difficult times for our country,” Thornberry recently said. “I never forget who I work for. With every vote I take, I try hard to represent the views and the values of folks here at home, to give our area a strong voice in their government.
“At the same time, I try to do what's right for the future of our country,” he continued. “I will continue opposing government overreach while fighting for commonsense, conservative policies that keep America safe and get the country back on the right track.”
Thornberry has served the state’s 13th congressional district since 1995. He previously represented only western portions of Cooke County — but a redistricting process after the 2010 Census placed all of it in his district.
Thornberry is vice-chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, where he leads the subcommittee on intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities. He also serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Elaine Hays [R-Amarillo] is a certified financial planner and author. Her website said she intends to run for Congress “to fight debt and reckless economic policies that are undermining the incentive to work and slowly destroying the economy.” Her promotional material added that she supports term limits for office holders and reforming congressional pensions to be more in line with the private sector. Hays will also work, it said, to ensure that elected officials are not exempt from the laws they pass. She attended Texas Christian University, West Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University.
Hays has been a resident of Amarillo since 1985. She has co-authored two books, “When God We Trust” and “Avoiding the Top Ten Money Mistakes. She is a former board president, vice-president and treasurer of the CareNet Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Amarillo, precinct chair and state convention delegate for the Republican Party of Texas. She is also a current member of the Financial Planning Association and Amarillo Republican Women.
Pam Barlow [R-Bowie] was raised in Texas. She opened a veterinary practice in Bowie in 1983, which she operates today. A doctoral graduate of Texas A&M University, she served the U.S. Army — active duty in Fort Sill, Okla. — from 1979 to 1982. She is active in Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), was selected for active reserve duty first as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA), selected for Drilling Individual Mobilization Augmentee (DIMA) and then served in those positions until retirement in 2007. She also has served as a director on the Bowie Chamber of Commerce and Bowie Main Street Association.
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