Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd not seeking re-election

WASHINGTON (GrayDC) Texas Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), the only African-American Republican in the House of Representatives, will not be seeking re-election.

In a statement released on Thursday evening, Hurd said, "I left a job I loved in the CIA as an undercover officer 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 by bringing my knowledge and experience to Congress. I’m leaving the House of Representatives to help our country in a different way. I want to use my knowledge and experience to focus on these generational challenges in new ways. It was never my intention to stay in Congress forever, but I will stay involved in politics to grow a Republican Party that looks like America."

Hurd has 17 months left in his term. He said in a statement his mission was about making a difference.

"Two centuries ago, I would have been counted as three-fifths of a person, and today I can say I’ve had the honor of serving three terms in Congress. America has come a long way and we still have more to do in our pursuit of a more perfect union. However, this pursuit will stall if we don’t all do our part," he said in a statement to the press.

Hurd currently represents west Texas, stretching from outside El Paso to just outside San Antonio.

Just this week, another Texas Republican, announced he would also not seek re-election.

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