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Will Hurd
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U.S. House, Texas, District 23
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorPete Gallego (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$25.02 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,515,959
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolJohn Marshall High School
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Will Hurd campaign logo
Will Hurd is a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing the 23rd Congressional District of Texas.[1] Hurd was first elected in 2014. He defeated incumbent Pete Gallego (D) and Ruben Corvalan (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014. Texas' 23rd Congressional District was a battleground in 2014.[2]

Biography

Hurd attended Texas A&M University. He then spent nearly a decade working primarily in the Middle East and South Asia as an undercover officer in the CIA. After leaving the CIA, Hurd joined the Crumpton Group as a partner and helped build the cybersecurity company FusionX.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Hurd's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Texas' 23rd Congressional District
  • 2000-2009: Central Intelligence Agency
  • 2000: Graduated from Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University with a B.S.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Hurd serves on the following committees:[5]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Hurd's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Protecting a citizen’s right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
  • Decreasing the regulatory burdens facing those creating and expanding businesses.
  • Protecting our economic future by balancing our budget and simplifying our tax code.
  • Ensuring our ability to be energy independent.
  • Pursuing a foreign policy that is based on clear political and economic goals.
  • Securing our borders by making border security, countering drug traffickers and fighting cyber criminals a national intelligence priority.
  • Reaffirming the Republican Party as the party of all Americans trying to move up the economic ladder.

Elections

2014

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See also: Texas' 23rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Texas' 23rd Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the fact that the seat was held by a Democrat, but the district had a slight Republican lean and was won by the Republican presidential candidate in both 2008 and 2012. Incumbent Pete Gallego faced no challenger in the Democratic primary. In the Republican primary, Will Hurd and Francisco Canseco advanced to a runoff election over Robert Lowry. Hurd triumphed over Canseco in the runoff primary on May 27, 2014. Hurd ultimately defeated incumbent Gallego and Libertarian candidate Ruben Corvalan in the general election on November 4, 2014.[7][8][2]

U.S. House, Texas District 23 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWill Hurd 49.8% 57,459
     Democratic Pete Gallego Incumbent 47.7% 55,037
     Libertarian Ruben Corvalan 2.5% 2,933
Total Votes 115,429
Source: Texas Secretary of State
U.S. House, Texas District 23 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWill Hurd 41% 10,496
Green check mark transparent.pngFrancisco Canseco 40.3% 10,332
Robert Lowry 18.7% 4,796
Total Votes 25,624
Source: Texas Secretary of State
U.S. House, Texas District 23 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWill Hurd 59.5% 8,699
Francisco Canseco 40.5% 5,930
Total Votes 14,629
Source: Texas Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Endorsements

Following his defeat in the primary, Robert Lowry threw his support behind Hurd. He said, "Will Hurd has actually fought to protect and defend our Constitution. He will fight for our privacy and our liberty. I know he won't say one thing and go to Washington and do another. I asked my supporters for their input on this important decision and an overwhelming majority thought Will was the best choice. I believe he will stand up to the broken system of DC insider politics, and will represent we the people back here at home, as opposed to just towing the line of the party's leadership."[9]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Hurd is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Hurd raised a total of $1,515,959 during that time period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.[10]

Will Hurd's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Texas, District 23) Won $1,515,959
Grand Total Raised $1,515,959

2014

Hurd won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Hurd's campaign committee raised a total of $1,515,959 and spent $1,437,693.[11] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[12]

Cost per vote

Hurd spent $25.02 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Texas District 23, 2014 - Will Hurd Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,515,959
Total Spent $1,437,693
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $2,671,626
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $2,677,652
Top contributors to Will Hurd's campaign committee
Yantis Co$18,400
Midland Energy$13,000
Valero Energy$11,050
US Dept of State$10,700
Privateer Capital$10,650
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$149,100
Oil & Gas$112,173
Retired$69,600
Misc Finance$63,700
Real Estate$49,293

Below are Hurd's FEC reports.

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References

  1. My San Antonio, "Republican Hurd to challenge Gallego in District 23," June 3, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  3. Campaign website, "About Will," accessed January 27, 2014
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "HURD, William Ballard, (1977 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
  6. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed January 27, 2014
  7. The Texas Tribune, "Primary 2014 Election Results," March 4, 2014
  8. Associated Press, "Election Results May 27, 2014," accessed May 27, 2014
  9. Burnt Orange Report, "CD-23, Third Place Finisher Dr. Robert Lowry Endorses Will Hurd Over Fmr. Rep. Quico Canseco," April 8, 2014
  10. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Will Hurd," accessed February 3, 2015
  11. Open Secrets, "Will Hurd 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 1, 2015
  12. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 1, 2015
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Will Hurd July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Will Hurd October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Will Hurd Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Will Hurd Pre-Primary," accessed May 2, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Will Hurd April Quarterly," accessed May 2, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Will Hurd Pre-Runoff," accessed July 25, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Will Hurd July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Will Hurd October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Will Hurd Pre-General," accessed November 24, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Pete Gallego
U.S. House - Texas District 23
2015-Present
Succeeded by
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