Congressman William Hurd. Photo by US House of Representatives.

GOP Rep. William Hurd Announces Plans Not to Seek Re-election

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On Thursday Republican Rep. William Hurd of Texas announced via Twitter that he would not seek re-election in the upcoming 2020 election.

Hurd joins follow Texas Congressional Rep. Mike Conaway, who announced retirement last Wednesday via a press conference, and Rep. Pete Olson, who announced his retirement via a news release, last Thursday.

Also announcing their retirement last week was Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan, who made his announcement during a floor speech, and Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama, who announced her decision in a series of tweets.

Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana announced her retirement in June according to the Washington Post.

Hurd, the only black Republican in the House, was one of the four House Republicans that voted with the Democrats to condemn President Trump’s racial attacks against four minority Congresswomen, The Hill notes, that Hurd’s seat has moved from a toss-up, to leans Democratic, following Hurd’s announcement.

Along with the House retirements, as the News Blender reported on July 4th, Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash, who as Snip Bytes reported, tweeted out a lengthy explanation as to why he believes President Trump committed obstruction of Justice, announced that he was leaving the Republican to become an Independent.