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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 primaryJune 10, 2014
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$123,003.50
Office website
Campaign website
Robert Hurt (b. June 16, 1969, in New York, New York) 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]


The following is an abbreviated list of Hurt's political and professional career:[3]

  • 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[4]:


Hurt served on the following House committees[5]:

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


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Hurt's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Voted "Yes" Hurt voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Hurt voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Hurt voted in opposition to House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Hurt voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Hurt voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Hurt voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Hurt voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Hurt voted against HR 2775.[20]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Hurt supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Hurt supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[23]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Hurt supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[24]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[25]



See also: Virginia's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hurt ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 5th District. Hurt sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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.[26][27]

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).[29]

Hurt raised $181,088 for his campaign while Witcher raised $926.[30]

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.[31]

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 were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hurt's reports.[32]


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.[38]

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.[39]


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 and 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.[40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Cohen's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $21,008 to $224,999. That averages to $123,003.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Hurt ranked as the 374th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44]

Robert Hurt Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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.[45]


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.[46]

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.[47]


Hurt and his wife, Kathy, live in Chatham, Virginia, with their three sons.[5]

Recent news

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See also

External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. Who Runs Gov "Robert Hurt," accessed November 7, 2011
  3. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Robert Hurt", accessed December 31, 2013
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. 5.0 5.1 Official House website "Full Biography," accessed November 7, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Hurt's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Hurt's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative ZHurt's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 15, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Hurt on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  25. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" accessed January 4, 2013.
  26. WSLS "As re-election campaign begins, Hurt stresses economic opportunity," May 1, 2012
  27. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. 2007 Election Results, Virginia Senate, District 19
  30. 2007 Campaign Spending, Virginia Senate, District 19
  31. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Robert Hurt," accessed April 4, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Hurt Summary Report," accessed June 26, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  38. Open Secrets "Hurt Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "2010 Race: Virginia District 05," accessed November 7, 2011
  40. Gov Track "Hurt" accessed July 2, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Rep. Robert Hurt," accessed August 8, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Robert Hurt," accessed April 11, 2013
  43. LegiStorm, "Robert Hurt," accessed September 13, 2012
  44. OpenSecrets.org "Hurt, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Tom Perriello
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 5th District
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