Congressman Will Hurd talks politics

March 16, 2015
In The News

Uvalde Leader-News - KIM EAGLE STAFF WRITER

Every other Thursday, one of Congressman Will Hurd’s staff members does a rain dance for the 23rd district of Texas. It is a fun way for his team to blow off steam and at the same time show support for the counties they represent.

The anecdote came during a speech Thursday at Southwest Livestock Exchange, as Hurd makes his way around south and west Texas, visiting the counties he represents. Hurd represents the largest congressional district in Texas. It encompasses 29 counties, two time zones, and 825 miles of the Texas/ Mexico border.

Hurd was born and raised in San Antonio and attended Texas A&M University where he majored in computer science.

“I always say I was more of the M than the A in A&M,” Hurd said. After graduating, he went straight into the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) where he was an undercover officer for nine years. 

He spent his time in Washington D.C., New York, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

“I was the guy recruiting spies and stealing secrets,” he said. “But I also had to report to members of Congress. After doing that for nine-and-a-half years, I realized most of them were morons. So I decided to do something about it. My mama said, ‘You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution,’ so I ran for office.” While his first attempt at public office was unsuccessful, his second try this past November earned him a congressional seat as he beat out incumbent Pete Gallego as representative of the 23rd district. He has been on the job for nine weeks and is a part of the Homeland Security Committee and chairman of the Information Technology Subcommittee. 

“I’ve had a pretty negative opinion of Congress for the last 20 months while I was running,” he said. “That opinion hasn’t changed much.”

But that doesn’t stop him from fighting on the issues that are important to his constituents. He touched on national security issues such as Iran and terrorist group ISIS during his speech.

“They are a danger to our country and we need to do everything we can to eliminate them,” he said about ISIS, adding that a nuclear Iran is not an option.

He talked about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and how he stands with landowners when it comes to trying to redefine navigable waterways.

“Now I am not a conspiracy theorist... but the only reason to want to get on a dry creek bed is to get on your property. And that is unacceptable.”

He mentioned helping veterans, especially making sure they get the benefits they deserve in a timely manner.

Locally, he said the biggest issues for Uvalde are water and the community health center approaching a fiscal cliff. He said he wants to make sure that places like Community Health Development, Inc. in Uvalde are able to continue to provide services to their patients.

Hurd fielded questions from the audience that ranged from losing influence in Iraq, funding for the military and defense, securing the border, and how the use of executive orders are making Congress irrelevant. Hurd said the United States can’t let Iran gain influence in Iraq.

“Look, the Iranians are fighting ISIS ‘cause ISIS is a problem to them. But the enemy of our enemy is still our enemy. ISIS is a threat to everyone - a threat to the Egyptians, a threat to the Jordanians, a threat to the Turks. And these are the people we should be working with to be our boots on the ground.

“Let’s continue to bomb them. We have the greatest Air Force... we need to continue to put pressure on them.”

Also during his time in Uvalde, Hurd took a tour of Southwest Livestock Exchange and talked to farmers and ranchers about agricultural issues they feel are important to the area.