TEXAS (Big 2/Fox 24) – U.S. Representative Will Hurd tweets Thursday that he will not be seeking reelection.
Hurd tweets, “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 has been serving the 23rd District of Texas since 2015. District 23 stretches from West Texas to San Antonio and is the largest border district in the state.
The announcement comes just one day after U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) announced he would also be stepping away from Congress.
Often considered a “swing-district” Hurd unseated Democrat Pete Gallego for the seat back in 2015. Hurd then came across a challenging race again in 2018.
The U.S. Rep. narrowly defeated Democratic newcomer Gina Ortiz Jones, but the race, even after election day, remained too close to call. Jones would eventually travel to Washington D.C. for congressional freshman orientation.
However, once the results were tallied, Hurd was declared the winner. Jones has already announced that she plans to run for the seat again in 2020.
The Congressman has also been one of the few Republicans to openly criticize and disagree with President Donald Trump. One of the biggest topics they disagreed on was the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
Hurd has been calling for a “smart wall,” a project centered on providing law enforcement on the border with the technological tools they need to do the job.
When the border wall came up for a vote in the House, Hurd was just one of 13 Republicans who voted against it and the only Texas Republican.
This caused a stir among his constituents in Upton County, who were disappointed with Hurd’s vote.
Hurd, a former member of the CIA, has been a fierce advocate for cybersecurity during his tenure in Congress and said in his announcement Thursday night that he would continue that fight in another role.
It is unclear what his new role in policy and cybersecurity will be.