Will Hurd, Sole Black Republican in U.S. House, Will Not Seek Re-Election

Will Hurd, the only Republican African-American member of the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Thursday he would not seek re-election next year.

Hurd, 41, who represents a district in southern Texas along the border with Mexico, said in a statement on Twitter that he wanted to “pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security.”

Last month, Hurd strongly criticized tweets by Republican President Donald Trump in which he said four progressive Democratic minority congresswomen, including one born in Somalia, should “go back” to where they came from.

“Those tweets are racist and xenophobic,” Hurd told CNN.

A former undercover CIA officer in the Middle East and South Asia, Hurd serves on the House Intelligence Committee. He was first elected to Congress in 2014.

Hurd is the sixth House Republican to announce in the past two weeks they are not seeking re-election in the November 2020 election, according to the New York Times.

(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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  1. “I worry that Texas will become more and more blue.” Sandra Lueder

    You are confused, Sandra. Texan Latinos voted Democratic slightly less than the national average at 63 percent. The border counties and the major cities already vote predominantly Democratic. Democrats gained 2 seats in the 2018 blue wave and more liberal Latinas are going after corrupt blue and red politicians.

  2. It’s not that surprising he wants to step down; he barely made it through the 2018 midterm elections, beating Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones by less than 1,000 votes. Ortiz Jones is running again in the 70% Latino district and has been out-fundraising Hurd.

    Seeing that kind of writing on the wall clarifies your future.

    1. His name was frequently on the list of Repubs that did not support Trump on impt ussues. When I learned that he was from a border town and won narrowly, I figured that his days were numbered. If this kind of C R A P continues with no Republican pushback, well, I worry that Texas will become more and more blue. I wish I knew what the GOP story is down there. I doubt that they are sitting on their hands. There are many Latino Repubs. Let’s recruit them!

  3. Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas
    Rep. Pete Olson of Texas
    Rep. Will Hurd of Texas
    Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan
    Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama
    Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah
    Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia
    Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana
    Rep. Duncan Hunter of California (criminal trial)
    Rep. Chris Collins of New York (criminal trial)

  4. One word: RINO

    P.S. Don’t let the screen door bump you in the ass on the way out!

    1. Just because Hurd recognized that King Donald The Loser is racist and xenophobic doesn’t make him a RINO.

    2. Let us pray that there are conservatives to replace them.

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