Party affiliation: Democrat
Lacy Herman Thornburg was American federal judge. Bar: United States District Court (western district) North Carolina. Chairman Jackson County Board Health, Sylva, 1965-1984; commissioner Tryon Palace, New Bern, North Carolina Served with United States Army, 1947-1948. Member Lions, Masons, Shriners.
Practiced law, Webster, North Carolina, 1954-1967. Special judge Superior Court 30th Judicial District North Carolina, 1967—1971, judge, 1971—1983, emergency judge Webster, 1993-1994. Attorney general State of North Carolina, Raleigh, 1985-1992.
Consultant National Indian Gaming Commission, 1994-1995. Judge United States District Court (western district) North Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina, 1995—2009. Member staff Congressman Taylor, Sylva, North Carolina, 1960, Congressman David Hall, Sylva, 1959-1960.
Member North Carolina House of Representatives, 1961-1965. Member North Carolina Courts Commission, North Carolina Criminal Code Commission, Capital Planning Commission, Raleigh.