Will Hurd is an American politician – a United States Congressman. He represents Texas’ 23rd congressional district (covering San Antonio to El Paso) in the House of Representatives on the platform of the Republican Party. Hurd, a former CIA agent, was elected into Congress in 2014 and is renowned for his moderate political views as well as his expertise on tech-related issues. Find out more about the congressman including his bio, parents, ethnicity and other facts about him.
Will Hurd Bio (Ethnicity)
William Ballard Hurd was born on the 19th of August 1977 in San Antonio Texas. He is the son of an African-American father and a Caucasian mother, his ethnicity is therefore African-American. The young Hurd grew up in San Antonio and attended various public schools in Texas. For his high school education, he attended John Marshall High School from where he graduated in 1995. For his college education, the future congressman attended Texas A&M University where he studied computer science (major) and international relations (minor). He graduated with a B.Sc. in the year 2000.
While studying at Texas A&M, Hurd attended a lecture organized by a former CIA agent-turned-professor, James Olson. He was intrigued by what we heard and with the help of Olson, he joined the CIA. He worked as an undercover agent for nearly a decade, 2000 to 2009. His work for the agency took him to various parts of the world (including the Middle-East and Southeast-Asia) where he spent time collecting intelligence, recruiting spies and gathering secrets. Upon leaving the CIA in 2009, Hurd worked for various companies including a cybersecurity firm (Fusion X) and a strategic advisory firm (Crumpton Group LLC).
Hurd’s political journey commenced in 2014 when he was elected to represent Texas’ 23rd congressional district on the platform on the Republican Party. Will Hurd is currently in his 2nd term and has served on various congressional committees. They are the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Information Technology Subcommittee, Committee on Homeland Security, Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, and House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee.
Is He Married and Who is His Wife?
For now, the dashing congressman is not married and as such, there is no wife in the picture. With regard to girlfriend, there is also none, at least publicly. In 2017, Town and Country Magazine named him on their list of the 50 most eligible bachelors in the United States. Other personalities that made the list include Spiderman himself, Tobey Maguire, Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter) and Cory Booker (a United States Senator representing New Jersey on the platform of the Democrat Party).
Will Hurd is a product of an interracial marriage. His father, Robert Hurd is African-American while his mother, Mary Alice, is Caucasian. His parents met in Los Angeles in the 1970s. At the time, his dad, Robert was a traveling salesman while his mom, Mary Alice, was a buyer for a departmental store. They dated for a short while and eloped to Reno city Nevada where they got married. They later relocated to Texas due to job demands. Hurd’s parents endured difficulties finding a home just because they were an interracial couple. Asides his parents, Will Hurd also has other family members. They are a brother, Charlie, and sister, Liz.
Other Facts About Will Hurd
1. Hurd is the first black man to be elected to Congress from Texas on the platform of the GOP.
2. Additionally, he is one of just seven black people to have been elected into the United States House of Representatives on the platform of the Republican Party.
3. One can boldly assert that Hurd was born to be a leader. While in college, he served as president of the student body in 1999.
4. The Congressman speaks Urdu fluently. For those who may not know, Urdu is the official language of Pakistan.
5. Hurd is a former CIA agent. He worked as a spy for the agency for nearly a decade and was stationed in places such as Pakistan and Afghanistan.
6. In 2017, Hurd and Beto O’Rourke a fellow Texan congressman (Democrat) embarked on a long road journey together, from Texas to Washington. This was so that they could vote on a bill pending in the house. They were forced to go by road after flights were canceled due to a heavy snowstorm. This collaborative effort earned them positive commendations. Additionally, they were awarded the 2018 prize for civility in public life by a U.S. university.
7. With regard to political views, Hurd is a moderate Republican. He is pro-life, pro-guns and supports repealing the Affordable Care Act (popularly known as Obamacare). He also supports increased U.S. military presence in Iraq and Syria and opposes the Iran nuclear deal.