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Robert Hurt
Robert Hurt 112th.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 5
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorTom Perriello (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,652,014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia Senate
Virginia House of Delegates
Town council, Chatham, VA
High schoolEpiscopal High School
Bachelor'sHampden-Sydney College
J.D.Mississippi College
Date of birthJune 16, 1969
Place of birthNew York, NY
Net worth$40,002
Office website
Campaign website
Robert Hurt (b. June 16, 1969) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 5th congressional district. Hurt was first elected to Virginia's 5th congressional district in 2010 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Hurt is currently serving his second consecutive term. [1]

Hurt ran for re-election in Virginia's 5th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to being elected to the House, Hurt was a member of the Virginia Senate.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hurt is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


Hurt earned his J.D. at Mississippi College and became chief assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Pittsylvania County in Virginia. He then went into private practice.[2]


  • 2011-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2008-2011: Virginia Senate
  • 2002-2008: Virginia House of Delegates
  • 2000-2001: Town council, Chatham, VA
  • 1996-1999: Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Pittsylvania County

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Hurt serves on the following committees[3]:


Hurt was a member of the following House committees[4]:

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity Vice Chair


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Hurt voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



See also: Virginia's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Hurt won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat John Douglass and Kenneth Hildebrandt (G) in the general election.[6][7]

U.S. House, Virginia District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Douglass 42.9% 149,214
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Hurt Incumbent 55.4% 193,009
     Green Kenneth Hildebrandt 1.6% 5,500
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 388
Total Votes 348,111
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


On Nov. 6, 2007, Hurt won election to the 19th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponent Sherman Witcher (I).[9]

Hurt raised $181,088 for his campaign while Witcher raised $926.[10]

Virginia State Senate, District 19 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Hurt (R) 29,735 75.72%
Sherman Witcher (I) 9,488 24.16%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hurt is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hurt raised a total of $4,652,014 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[11]

Robert Hurt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 5) Won $2,051,306
2010 US House (Virginia, District 5) Won $2,600,708
Grand Total Raised $4,652,014


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hurt's reports.[12]

Robert Hurt (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2013$128,896.03$72,246.00$(75,668.19)$125,473.84
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2013$125,473.84$235,406.35$(68,909.93)$291,970.26
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Hurt's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hurt won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Hurt's campaign committee raised a total of $2,051,306 and spent $1,980,843.[15]

Cost per vote

Hurt spent $10.62 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Hurt's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Hurt won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Hurt's campaign committee raised a total of $2,600,708 and spent $2,542,276.[16]


Below are Hurt's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2007 Virginia Senate election:

Contributor 2007 total
Citizens for Robert Hurt $113,806
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association $2,500
Dominion (Energy & Natural Resources) $2,500
Virginia Dental Association $2,500
Bailey's S&M Brands (Cigarette Industry) $2,000


Ideology an leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hurt is a "moderate Republican follower" as of July 2, 2013.[17]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[18]

Hurt most often votes with:

Hurt least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Hurt missed 26 of 1,702 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.5%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[19]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hurt paid his congressional staff a total of $823,233 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Hurt's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$79,993 and $159,998. That averages to $40,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 59.59% from 2010.[21]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Hurt's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $18,005 to $179,999. That averages to $99,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[22]

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hurt was 1 of 2 members who ranked 78th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[23]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hurt was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 34th in the conservative rankings.[24]

Percentage voting with party

July 2013

Hurt voted with the Republican Party 96.0% of the time, which ranked 40 among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[25]


Hurt and his wife, Kathy, live in Chatham, VA, with their three sons.[4]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. Who Runs Gov "Robert Hurt," accessed November 7, 2011
  3., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official House website "Full Biography," accessed November 7, 2011
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. WSLS "As re-election campaign begins, Hurt stresses economic opportunity," May 1, 2012
  7. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. 2007 Election Results, Virginia Senate, District 19
  10. 2007 Campaign Spending, Virginia Senate, District 19
  11. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Robert Hurt," accessed April 4, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission "Robert Hurt Summary Report," Accessed June 26, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "Robert Hurt April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "Robert Hurt July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Hurt Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "2010 Race: Virginia District 05," accessed November 7, 2011
  17. Gov Track "Hurt" accessed July 2, 2013
  18. OpenCongress, "Rep. Robert Hurt," accessed August 8, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Robert Hurt," accessed April 11, 2013
  20. LegiStorm, "Robert Hurt," accessed September 13, 2012
  21., "Hurt (R-VA), 2011"
  22., "Robert Hurt (R-Va), 2010," accessed September 13, 2012
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Perriello
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 5th District
Succeeded by