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ETEC Meeting: Congressman Chuck Fleischmann & Congressman Mac Thornberry
October 6, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Join us on Friday, October 6th to hear two U.S. Congressmen speak at ETEC. Chuck Fleischmann represents the 3rd District of Tennessee and Mac Thornberry represents the 13th District of Texas.
Rep. William “Mac” Thornberry
Mac Thornberry serves as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee – the first Texan of either party to hold this position. The Armed Services Committee has the responsibility to oversee the Pentagon, all military services, and all Department of Defense agencies, including their budgets and policies.
Mac believes that protecting our country is the first function of the federal government. In a time of unprecedented security challenges, he is committed to ensuring that the United States has the military capability and agility to protect the nation and our interests around the world. His priority as Chairman is to support and provide for the men and women who serve our country.
A fifth generation Texan, Mac has strong ties to the people he serves and to the district he represents in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mac is a lifelong resident of the 13th District of Texas. His family has been ranching in the district since 1881 – a family business in which Mac remains actively involved.
Mac shares the values of the people he represents and continues to fight for the things that are important to them. He is a longtime advocate of lower taxes and limited government. Boosting domestic energy production, protecting private property rights, and upholding the Second Amendment are top priorities for Mac. He strongly supports policies of fiscal responsibility and economic growth. Additionally, as one of the few Members of Congress personally involved in agriculture, Mac understands the challenges agricultural producers face and has been a key player in efforts to support producers in the 13th District.
Widely respected as an innovator and strategic thinker, Mac was one of the first in Congress to recognize the need to confront terrorism. 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.
In Congress, Mac has previously served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as on the Budget Committee, Resources Committee, and the Select Committee on Homeland Security. He was also tapped to chair the Task Force on Cybersecurity in 2011 and 2012.
Born in Clarendon and raised on the family ranch in Donley County, Mac graduated from Clarendon High School before continuing his education at Texas Tech University. After obtaining a B.A. in history from Tech in 1980, he went on to the University of Texas Law School where he graduated in 1983. For the next several years, he worked in Washington, including serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs in the State Department under President Reagan. In 1989, Mac joined his brothers in the cattle business and practiced law in Amarillo. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.
Mac’s wife, Sally, is also a native Texan. They have two children.
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is a conservative Republican who represents the 3rd District of Tennessee. The District is made-up of 11 counties: Anderson, Bradley, Campbell, Hamilton, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Roane, Scott and Union.
Chuck received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois, where he earned both Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors. He then went to the University of Tennessee law school where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence.
For 24 years Chuck and his wife ran a small business together in Chattanooga after they both graduated from law school at the University of Tennessee.
Chuck has served on the board of the National Craniofacial Association and on the board of the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He served as the president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and chairman of the Chattanooga Lawyers Pro Bono Committee.
During his years in Congress, Chuck has voted to repeal Obamacare, cut trillions from the federal budget and has a 100% pro-life and Second Amendment voting record.
Chuck serves on the Appropriations Committee which is vitally important to the residents of the 3rd District. Within the Committee he serves on three crucial subcommittees:
- Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
- Homeland Security
- Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
Chuck and his wife, Brenda, live in Ooltewah, Tennessee. They have three sons: Charles, Jamie and Jeffrey.