The wave of early “retirements” plaguing the Republican party got bigger on Thursday after Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) announced that won’t 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,” he said in a statement posted on his website.
Hurd, a former CIA officer who was first elected in 2014, has been an advocate for bipartisan compromise on immigration and other key issues in Congress. And he has spoken out numerous times against President Donald Trump, often warning that the president’s rhetoric and positions were hurting the Republican Party.
“Serving people of all walks of life has shown me that way more unites our country than divides us,” Hurd wrote in his retirement announcement. “This understanding has allowed me to win elections many people thought I couldn’t, especially when the political environment was overwhelmingly against my party.”
The 2018 election left Hurd as one of just three House Republicans from districts that Trump failed to carry in 2016. Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, a veteran who barely lost to Hurd in 2018, is already running for the seat again in 2020.
Hurd, the only black Republican in the house, is the sixth House Republican to in the past two weeks to announce his retirement, as the GOP adjusts to both life in the minority and the continued transformation of the party under Trump.