B.G. Wright joined Thorn Run Partners in January 2021 with more than three decades of experience in Congress and service across the military. Immediately prior to joining Thorn Run, Mr. Wright served as a professional staff member for the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS). His oversight responsibilities include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Space Council, providing generational impact to programs that will return humans to the Moon and beyond.
Mr. Wright served as staff in the U.S. Congress for 26 years, beginning as a military fellow while completing more than 22 years of military service, retiring as a Colonel. He served as a professional staff member with the House Committee on Appropriations from 2008 to 2020; the Senate Committee on Appropriations from 1995 to 2008; and held multiple concurrent Pentagon assignments from 1990 to 2000.
Prior to his assignment on the House Appropriations CJS Subcommittee, Mr. Wright served on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, where his portfolio included: all Overseas Contingency Operations for the Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syrian conflicts; Overseas Humanitarian Disaster and Civic Assistance; and the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Accounts. In addition to his broad portfolio, he organized over 80 Congressional visits to over 95 countries on every continent.
Before his service in the House, Mr. Wright served as a professional staff member for the Senate Committee on Appropriations. He held several roles including professional staff member for the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; acting as liaison to the U.S. Senate, Committee on Armed Services; liaison to the U.S. Senate National Secuity Working Group; and coordinating Senate floor amendments for annual appropriations bills.
During his service in the U.S. Army, Colonel Wright was a battalion commander and a combat veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He supported Department of Defense engagement with the Legislative Branch through several postings at the Pentagon with the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the National Guard Bureau; was a military fellow to the U.S. Senate, Committee on Appropriations; and was a White House military aide to President Clinton.
Mr. Wright holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Louisville, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University, attended the U.S. Army War College, is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer’s College, and completed the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute’s Foreign Affairs Interdepartmental Seminar.
Throughout his career, Mr. Wright has been the recipient of many awards, medals, and honors. He is the 2017 recipient of the National Guard Association of the United States’ distinguished Montgomery Medal; the 2017 recipient of the National Guard Bureau’s Minuteman Award; a Member of the Outstanding Young Men of America; and the Golden Key National Honor Society (Scholastic). His military awards include: The Bronze Star (Desert Shield/Desert Storm – during combat); The Joint Service Commendation Medal; and five times awarded the Meritorious Service Medal; and many other military awards.