On Thursday Republican Rep. William Hurd of Texas announced via Twitter that he would not seek re-election in the upcoming 2020 election.
I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security. https://t.co/GeZ4Hh264f— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 2, 2019
I left a job I loved as an undercover officer in the CIA to meet what I believed to be a need for new leadership in Congress on intelligence and national security matters. I wanted to help the Intelligence Community in a different way.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 2, 2019
We're in a geopolitical competition with China. There is a global race to be the leader in artificial intelligence. We face cyberattacks every day. Extreme poverty, lack of economic opportunity and violence in Central America is placing unbearable pressure on our borders.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 2, 2019
While Congress has a role in these issues, so does the private sector and civil society. After reflecting on how best to help our country address these challenges, I’m leaving the House of Representatives to help our country in a different way.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 2, 2019
When I took the oath of office after joining the CIA, I swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all its enemies. I took the same oath on my first day in Congress. This oath doesn’t have a statute of limitations.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 2, 2019
I’ve taken a conservative message to places that don’t often hear it. I'm going to say involved in politics to help make sure the Republican Party looks like America.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 2, 2019
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.
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.