Will Hurd

William Ballard Hurd is an American politician and former CIA clandestine officer who served as the U.S. representative for Texas's 23rd congressional district from 2015 to 2021.

Will Hurd is an American politician and former CIA officer serving as the U.S. representative for Texas’s 23rd congressional district since 2015. He is the only black Republican in the House of Representatives of the 116th Congress, and one of only seven in the House of Representatives since the 1930s. He has been described as a leading congressional voice on technology issues. He has said that the principal role of the government in the lives of African Americans today should be to empower them to do things for themselves. Find out more about the congressman including his bio, parents, ethnicity, and other facts about him.

Texas Rep. Will Hurd, House’s Only Black Republican, Won’t Seek Reelection In 2020

Texas Rep. Will Hurd, the lone black Republican in the House, announced Thursday evening he won’t run for reelection in 2020.

Hurd’s surprise decision is not only a setback for a party in need of diversity, but it also means there will be one less rare member of the GOP caucus who’s willing to speak out against President Trump. The 41-year-old’s exit makes it tougher for Republicans to hold onto his swing district near year and is also an ominous sign for his party’s chances of winning back the House as retirements continue to mount.

“I left a job I loved in the CIA as an undercover officer to meet what I believed to be a need for new leadership in Congress on intelligence and national security matters,” Hurd said in a statement. “I wanted to help the Intelligence Community in a different way by bringing my knowledge and experience to Congress. I’m leaving the House of Representatives to help our country in a different way. I want to use my knowledge and experience to focus on these generational challenges in new ways. It was never my intention to stay in Congress forever, but I will stay involved in politics to grow a Republican Party that looks like America.”

First elected to Congress in 2014, Hurd represents a perpetual swing district that is one of the largest in the country, stretching from San Antonio to just outside El Paso and taking in over 800 miles of the Southern border. Hurd is also the last Republican to represent a district along the U.S.-Mexico border.

But Hurd has opposed Trump’s push for a border wall, saying that “building a 30-foot-wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least efficient way to do border security.” Hurd also pushed for a permanent fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Hurd has taken vocal stances against Trump in other instances, too. Last year in a New York Times op-ed, Hurd who had been an undercover CIA officer for almost 10 years before being elected to Congress asserted that Trump was being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The president’s failure to defend the United States intelligence community’s unanimous conclusions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and condemn Russian covert counter influence campaigns and his standing idle on the world stage, while a Russian dictator spouted lies, confused many but should concern all Americans,” Hurd wrote. “By playing into Vladimir Putin’s hands, the leader of the free world actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial and weakened the credibility of the United States to both our friends and foes abroad.”

Hurd was also one of just four House Republicans who voted for a resolution to condemn Trump’s racist tweets last month attacking four freshmen Democratic women of color. His positions and willingness to speak out against Trump made sense, given the political and demographic makeup of his district. The 23rd District is almost 70% Latino, and Hillary Clinton won it by about 3.5 percentage points in 2016. Last year’s midterm elections left Hurd as one of just three House Republicans to sit in a district carried by Clinton, not Trump.

But Hurd only barely survived in 2018 to win reelection by just 926 votes over Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, an Air Force veteran who had already announced she was seeking a rematch in 2020. But without Hurd, who was seen by Republicans and Democrats alike as an unusually strong GOP incumbent, the Cook Political Report moved their race racing for this seat from Toss-Up to Lean Democratic.

Hurd’s shocking decision also makes him the ninth Republican so far this cycle and sixth in just over the past week to announce his retirement, a number that is expected to grow especially as members head home for August recess. It’s far from surprising to see retirements grow for the minority party in the wake of losing the House. But the high number already coupled with decisions from some surprising lawmakers in addition to Hurd such as Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks, who also serves as the National Republican Congressional Committee’s 2020 recruitment chair signals that many within the GOP caucus also likely doubt Republicans can win back the House next November, where they need either 18 or 19 seats, depending on the outcome of a re-do election in North Carolina next month.

Who are the parents of Will Hurd?

Recalling his early life, Will Hurd born as William Ballard Hurd to an Afro-American father and Caucasian mother in San Antonio, Texas. He is American by nationality and belongs to Afro- American ethnicity. His birth sign is Leo. Talking about his parents, his father’s name is Robert Hurd, and his mother’s name is Mary Alice. Asides from his parents, he also has other family members. They are a brother, Carlie, and a sister, Liz.

Regarding his education, Hurd is a graduate of John Marshall High School in Leon Valley, Texas, and of Texas A&M University, where he was elected student body president and graduated with a major in computer science and a minor in international relations.

When did Will Hurd pursue his career as a politician?

  • While studying at Texas A&M, Hurd attended a lecture organized by a former CIA agent turned professor, James Olson. He was intrigued by what we heard and with the help of Olson, he joined the CIA.
  • He worked as an undercover agent for nearly a decade, from 2000 to 2009. His work for the agency took him to various parts of the world where he spent time collecting intelligence, recruiting spies, and gathering secrets.
  • Upon leaving the CIA in 2009, he worked for various companies including a cybersecurity firm (Fusion X) and a strategic advisory firm (Crumpton Group LLC).
  • His political journey commenced in 2014 when he was elected to represent Texas 23rd congressional district on the platform of the Republican Party. He is currently in his 2nd term and has served on various congressional committees. They are the committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Information Technology Subcommittee, and House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee.
  • Hurd was handily renominated for a second term in the Republican primary election held on March 1, 2016.
  • In July 2018, it was reported that the race for Hurd’s seat was on track to become “the most expensive congressional race in the state’s history.
  • On August 1, 2019, Hurd announced that he will not run for re-election to Congress in 2020 after serving out his third term.

Is Will Hurd married or not?

Reflecting on his personal life, the dashing congressman is not married and as such, there is no wife in the picture. With regard to girlfriend, there is also none, at least publicly. In 2017, Town and Country Magazine named him on their list of the 50 most eligible bachelors in the United States.

How much net worth does Will Hurd own? How tall is Will Hurd?

As a politician, Hurd earns the sum of a good amount of money from his career. However, his net worth and salary are yet to be disclosed. Talking about his body statistics, Hurd has a decent height and weight with a proper health condition. Apart from that, there is no single information available on the internet regarding his body statistics.

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