Hurd on the Hill Columns
Did you eat today? Did you put on clothes? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, you have a farmer or a rancher to thank. We often forget that the everyday goods we rely on to survive exist because of the hours of hard work put in each day by the men and women of our nation’s agriculture industry.
Summer has officially arrived in the 23rd District of Texas, and with a Texas summer, we can all expect some pretty hot temperatures from San Antonio to El Paso. The summer months tend to come with thoughts of school out, family vacations, relaxing by the water with friends and family.
When you hear the phrase “national security,” what comes to mind? The goals of protecting our homeland from intruders, cultivating a strong military and encouraging thoughtful foreign policy certainly are important pieces of the puzzle. However, ensuring a quality education for today’s students is also a vital component.
During the nine-and-a-half years I spent as an undercover officer in the CIA, I worked alongside my colleagues in the intelligence community, the diplomatic corps, and the military to prevent another terrorist attack like our nation experienced on September 11, 2001. While we were fighting this battle on the international stage, the brave men and women at police departments across the country
Those who have answered the call to serve our country can be found all across the 23rd District of Texas.
What do I think of when I think of summer vacation? A jellyfish sting.
Folks in the 23rd District know well that West Texas energy fuels our economy. In fact, the Texas portion of the Permian Basin alone provides more than 444,000 jobs, contributes more than $60.2 billion to the Gross State Product of Texas and generates $113.6 billion in economic output for local communities.
This week is deemed National Agriculture Week and we in the 23rd District of Texas are certainly grateful for the hard work of farmers and ranchers year-round. Folks in the agriculture industry toil around the clock to produce goods that we consume every day from the clothes on our backs to the food on our tables.
Women entrepreneurs make up a growing portion of our economy. In fact, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased five times over the last decade. Their presence is all the more evident in our backyard, as Texas is home to more than 890,000 women-owned businesses, the second most in the entire nation.
February marks Black History Month, an opportunity for all Americans to reflect upon and celebrate the countless contributions of African-Americans to our great nation. Having spent nine years as an undercover officer in the CIA, I had the opportunity to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with our brave men and women in uniform.