In the 2018 midterm elections, a lot of moderate Republicans lost their districts to Democratic challengers. Some prevailed from their elections, like Representative Will Hurd.
Before running for office, Hurd attended Texas A&M University and worked at the CIA as an undercover officer. He was initially elected to Congress in 2014 and represents a congressional district in Texas along the U.S.-Mexican border. Since his first inauguration, he has proved himself a leader on technological issues like cyber-security in the House of Representatives.
Hurd is a fairly moderate Republican. 2018 proved to be an election year that seemed to expel most of his ideological colleagues like Mia Love (R-UT), Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), yet he won his race albeit by a razor-thin margin.
Like those Republicans, Hurd has publicly disagreed with the president on issues like the wall on the southern border and the travel ban executive order. The government shutdown this past winter put Hurd in the middle of his Republican colleagues and his constituents as the border wall would directly affect the district he serves. In fact, he ultimately agreed to vote for bills that would reopen portions of the government. Hurd’s position requires him to put his constituents before his party.