U.S. Rep. Will Hurd shocked the political world on Thursday night with his announcement that we would not be seeking re-election in 2020.
Hurd, a Texan who is the only Republican representing a border district, announced via a press release on Thursday his intention to retire from the House next cycle. Hurd, who was re-elected narrowly in 2020 over Democrat Gina Ortiz-Jones, was already expecting to face a tough re-election fight, with statewide Democrats placing an emphasis on the border seat as a possible battleground race.
The announcement by Hurd marks the second time this week in which an incumbent Republican has announced their retirement from the Texas delegation in the U.S. House. U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway also recently announced his retirement this week.
A successor for Hurd will be decided in November of next year.