Saturday, March 7, 2015

Texan Will Hurd defies the odds for House Republicans. Can he last?

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.) is one of two African Americans in the GOP caucus and one of only a few ex-CIA spies to make the move to Congress. (Andrew Harnik/For The Washington Post

(The Washington Post) 
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.) knows he has a complicated political identity that often confuses people: “The question I get asked most of the time is, ‘How did the black dude get elected in a Hispanic district?’ ”
Hurd, a freshman lawmaker whose district stretches for 800 miles along the Texas-Mexico border, is doubly exceptional as a member of the expanded House Republican majority. He’s one of just two African Americans in the caucus, and nearly 70 percent of his constituents are Latinos.