Rep. Will Hurd, the only black Republican in the House, abruptly announces he's retiring

Will HurdHouse Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, joined at right by Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., questions FBI Director James Comey as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 7, 2016, before the committee's hearing to explain his agency's recommendation to not prosecute Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her private email setup during her time as secretary of state.Scott Applewhite/AP

  • Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, a former undercover CIA officer and the only black Republican in the House of Representatives, announced Thursday that he would pursue other opportunities in the private sector and not seek reelection in 2020.
  • "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," Hurd said in a statement.
  • Hurd has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, often voicing his opposition to his proposed wall on the US-Mexico border.
  • Hurd's district includes around 820 miles of border land between El Paso and San Antonio, and demographic-wise it is 70% Hispanic.
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Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, a former undercover CIA officer and the only black Republican in the House of Representatives, announced Thursday that he would pursue other opportunities in the private sector and not seek reelection in 2020.

"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," Hurd said in a statement.

"There were times when it was fun and times when it wasn't," he added. "When people were mad, it was my job to listen. When people felt hopeless, it was my job to care. When something was broken, it was my job to find out how to fix it."

Read more: Why a GOP congressman who represents more of the border than anyone in Congress opposes Trump's wall

Hurd has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, often voicing his opposition to his proposed wall on the US-Mexico border. Hurd's district includes around 820 miles of border land between El Paso and San Antonio and is 70% Hispanic.

He was first elected in 2014 in a tight race against Democratic incumbent Pete Gallego, and he serves on the House Intelligence and Appropriations committees.

His departure marks another vacancy for Texas' congressional leaders, after Reps. Mike Conaway and Pete Olson announced their own retirements. Hurd and his Texas colleagues joins three other retiring Republican lawmakers from Michigan, Alabama, and Utah.

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