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Will Hurd

Will Hurd
Member-elect of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 23rd district
Taking office
January 3, 2015
Succeeding Pete Gallego
Personal details
Born (1977-08-19) August 19, 1977
San Antonio, Texas
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Helotes, Texas
Alma mater Texas A&M University, (B.S.) (2000)
Religion Christian[1]

William Ballard "Will" Hurd (born August 19, 1977) is an American politician who was elected to serve Texas's 23rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives elections, 2014. He will take office on January 3, 2015. Hurd is the first black Republican elected to Congress from Texas.[2]

Early years

Hurd is a graduate of John Marshall High School in the San Antonio suburb of Leon Valley, Texas.[3] After high school Hurd attended Texas A&M and served as the Student Body President in 1999 at the time of Aggie Bonfire collapse.[1] He graduated from A&M in 2000 with a degree in computer science, a minor in international relations.[1]

Hurd worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for nine years, stationed in Washington, D.C., including a tour of duty as an operations officer in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.[3][1]

He returned to Texas after his CIA service and worked for Crumpton Group, strategic advisory firm, as a partner and a senior adviser with the cybersecurity firm FusionX.[1]

2010 campaign

Hurd announced his candidacy on November 19, 2009 for the Republican nomination in Texas's 23rd congressional district.[4][5] His electronically-filed campaign finance records show him to have $70,000 on hand to fund his attempt.[6]

On February 15, 2010, Hurd received the endorsement of the San Antonio Express-News.[7] In the primary election on March 2, 2010, he the received the greatest number of votes but failed to received a majority of the votes cast, resulting in a run-off election on April 13, 2010.[8][9] He faced second-place finisher Francisco "Quico" Canseco, a San Antonio banker making his third attempt at a Congressional seat.[8] Hurd lost to Canseco in the runoff 53%-47%. Canseco ultimately won the general election but lost in 2012.

2014 campaign

Hurd once again ran for the 23rd district in the United States House of Representatives elections, 2014 and defeated incumbent Pete Gallego by 2,500 votes.[1] He was endorsed by the San Antonio Express-News.[1]

Political positions

Hurd is pro-life.[10]

He supports stronger border security.[1]

He opposes granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Texas-23: Will Hurd (R), National Journal
  2. ^ Hansi Lo Wang (November 8, 2014). "As GOP Swept Congress, Black Republicans Took Home Historic Wins". NPR. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Garcia, Gilbert (March 3, 2010). "Rodriguez rolls in District 23". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "BurkaBlog". Texas Monthly. December 3, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ Giroux, Greg (November 19, 2009). "Texas: Will Republican Ride Hurd on Rodriguez?".  
  6. ^ Smith, Morgan (February 16, 2010). "Primary Color: CD-23". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Our recommendations for primary elections". San Antonio Express-News. February 15, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Martin, Gary; Pack, William (March 3, 2010). "Congressional candidates in GOP runoffs". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Election Night Returns". 2010 Republican Party Primary Election. Office of the Secretary of State of Texas. March 3, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ Life Site News, Nov. 5, 2014

External links

  • 2014 campaign website
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