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Raymond Hoyt "Ray" Thornton, Jr. (born July 16, 1928) is a former
U.S. Representative from the U.S. state of Arkansas. Thornton
earned a degree in political science from Yale University and,
later, a law degree from the University of Arkansas. He served in
the United States Navy during the Korean War, earning the rank of
lieutenant. Thornton returned to law school after returning from
Korea; obtaining his law degree in 1956. After election as Arkansas
Attorney General in 1970, he was elected to Congress as a Democrat
in 1972. He defeated fellow Democrat Richard S. Arnold of Texarkana
in the primary. Thornton went on to serve three terms in the House.
He served as a member of the Judiciary Committee considering
Articles of Impeachment against President Richard Nixon, and was
included in the group of three southern Democrats and four moderate
Republicans who drafted the articles adopted by the Committee.
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