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Hurd on the Hill: Crisscrossing the District in April

April 17, 2017
Hurd on the Hill
'Connecting with folks across all twenty-nine counties'

The privilege of representing the constituents of the 23rd District doesn’t stop when the House of Representatives is not voting. With no votes taking place in Washington, DC, I’m capitalizing on this district work period by connecting with folks all across the twenty-nine counties of the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. This is my favorite part of the job.

The 23rd District is one of the largest districts geographically in the nation, stretching from San Antonio to El Paso. One of the ways my office provides the gold standard of constituent services is by maintaining five field offices in San Antonio, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Socorro. I am pleased to announce that this week we opened an additional District Office in Fort Stockton. A member of my staff will hold office hours from that location on the third Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of every month from 8:00am – 5:00pm.

Another activity I’ll be taking part in during this district work period is the official naming ceremony for the Tornillo Port of Entry. This is the result of a constituent-initiated effort that led me to introduce a bill in 2015 to rename the Port of Entry after Private Marcelino Serna, the most decorated Texas veteran from WWI and a legend in the region. The Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry will be a constant reminder that the land of the free owes so much to the brave individuals who serve with distinction in our military. It is a privilege to attend the naming ceremony in Tornillo with Private Serna’s family members and it was an honor to lead this legislation in Washington.

During this in district work period, we’ve partnered with Google to teach students how to protect their identity and their safety online. The presentation focused on teaching middle school kids how to stay safe and be smart while on their computers and smart phones. They learned about setting strong passwords, using Internet security settings, identifying online scams, and preventing cyberbullying. As our world becomes increasingly connected, it is critical that students understand basic cyber hygiene to protect their information online. I’m glad that Google is teaching students about online privacy and social media threats, and I look forward to bringing the 21st Century public safety training to more schools across TX-23. Engaging with our youth throughout the district, by participating in robotics competitions, cybersecurity events or just visiting them during their classes is one of the best parts of the job.  

It’s important to me that the work I do in DC reflects the concerns I hear back in the district. It’s why I’m proud that each of the seven bills I signed into law last Congress, more than any other Member of Congress, were written to address problems I learned about directly from you. Whether it’s been in San Antonio, Castroville, Fort Stockton, Monahans, Alpine, Somerset or El Paso, I’m continuously learning about new companies that are opening, public resources for the community, and initiatives that I can help champion in Washington.

Crisscrossing the District isn’t the only way to learn from y’all. I want the conversations to continue on-line as well. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat at my handle: @HurdontheHill. I also encourage you to subscribe to my e-newsletter to get advanced notice on when I’ll be visiting you next.