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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
Cost per vote$10.62 in 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$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. Hurt won the Republican nomination on May 22, 2014.[2]

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.[3]


The following is an abbreviated list of Hurt's political and professional career:[4]

  • 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[5]:


Hurt served on the following House committees[6]:

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

Key votes

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.[7] For more information pertaining to Hurt's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Hurt voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

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.[9]

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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


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.[11] 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.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] 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.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, 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.[14]

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.[17] 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.[18] Hurt voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

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 funded 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.[20] 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.[21]


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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Hurt supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]


On The Issues Vote Match

Hurt's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Hurt is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Hurt received a score of 25 percent on personal issues and 81 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27]



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. The Faquier County Republican Committee announced that Hurt won the Republican nomination on May 22, 2014. Hurt ran unopposed.[2] 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.[29][30]

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).[32]

Hurt raised $181,088 for his campaign while Witcher raised $926.[33]

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.[34]

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.[35]


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.[41]

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.[42]


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

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

  • The Net Worth Metric
  • The K-Street Metric (coming soon)
  • The Donation Concentration Metric (coming soon)
  • The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (coming soon)

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Hurt'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.[43] Between 2004 and 2012, Hurt‘s net worth decreased by 12.6 percent. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[44]

Robert Hurt Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-13%
Average annual growth:-4%[45]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[46]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


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.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]

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.[50]

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.[51]


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.[52]

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.[53]


Hurt and his wife, Kathy, live in Chatham, Virginia, with their three sons.[6]

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. 2.0 2.1, "Rep. Robert Hurt Unopposed For Republican 5th District Nomination," accessed June 1, 2014
  3. Who Runs Gov, "Robert Hurt," accessed November 7, 2011
  4. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Robert Hurt," accessed December 31, 2013
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Official House website, "Full Biography," accessed November 7, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Hurt's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Hurt's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative ZHurt's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 15, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Hurt on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" accessed January 4, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 On The Issues, "Hurt Vote Match," accessed June 27, 2014
  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  29. WSLS, "As re-election campaign begins, Hurt stresses economic opportunity," May 1, 2012
  30. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32., "2007 Election Results, Virginia Senate, District 19"
  33., "2007 Campaign Spending, Virginia Senate, District 19"
  34. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Robert Hurt," accessed April 4, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Hurt Summary Report," accessed June 26, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Hurt Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "2010 Race: Virginia District 05," accessed November 7, 2011
  43. OpenSecrets, "Hurt, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  44. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  46. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  47. GovTrack, "Hurt," accessed July 2, 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Rep. Robert Hurt," accessed August 8, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Robert Hurt," accessed April 11, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "Robert Hurt," accessed September 13, 2012
  51. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Perriello
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 5th District
Succeeded by