«Will Hurd (TX-23) Research Report The following report contains research on Will Hurd, a Republican member of Congress in Texas’ 23rd district. ...»
January 2012 to September 30, 2013 – Federal Financial Disclosure Report (Filed 9/02/14) According to his October 2013 federal financial disclosure, covering the period from January 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013, Hurd had $82,776 in earned income in the first 9 months of 2013 and $193,862 in earned income in 2012. Hurd reported between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in unearned income in the first 9 months of 2013 while reporting no unearned income in all of 2012. Hurd’s assets totaled between $350,000 and $750,000.
Reported At Least $350,00 In Assets And At Least $100,000 In Unearned Income During 21 Months Covered In Disclosure. For the period of January 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013, Hurd reported assets valued between $350,000 and $750,000, and unearned income between $100,000 and $1,000,000.
[Personal Financial Disclosure – Will Hurd, filed 10/30/13]
Education and Career Information President of Texas A&M Student Body During Bonfire Collapse Served As President of Texas A&M Student Body During Bonfire Collapse. Hurd was the president of the student body of Texas A&M during the fatal bonfire collapse of 1999. “I couldn’t imagine what I saw when I came here last night,” Hurd said. “Bonfire started as a symbol of our burning desire to support our football team and defeat our rival in the state, the University of Texas. It has now turned into an act of kinship, an act of love, and an act of friendship.” [The Plain Dealer, 11/19/99] Praised The Quality Of The Commission Report On The Collapse. He was appreciative of the investigation that took place afterwards. “I think the report was extremely thorough. I applaud the commission,” he said. “Everyone in the Aggie family and in the fallen families appreciates the hard work.” [Houston Chronicle, 5/3/00] Twelve Students Died in Bonfire Collapse. Twelve students were killed and 28 were injured when the structure fell at around 2:30 AM. [University Wire, 11/19/99; Associated Press, 11/22/98] Organized Students into Teams to Help with Rescue Efforts. According to an article published in the Houston Chronicle on the ten-year anniversary of the collapse, Hurd organized student volunteers into teams to help the rescue crews lift timber. [Houston Chronicle, 11/18/09]
Supported Continuing Bonfire Tradition After Collapse
Supported Continuing Bonfire Tradition After Collapse. “Student body president Will Hurd said that, although students remain in shock over the tragedy, a consensus has formed to keep the bonfire going.
“It’s like one of the parents of the victims said yesterday: ‘What better way to honor my son than to have the bonfire each year,’ Hurd said. “That is the way most students feel at this campus. They want to find a way to make it safer, but they don’t want to see it disappear. It’s part of the life blood of Texas A&M.” [Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10/20/99] Said the Bonfire was a “Safe” Tradition. “It’s a safe tradition and we can learn from this and it gives us room to improve,” Hurd said. “As of now it is not yet determined what will happen with the tradition.” [University Wire, 11/19/99] Said the Collapse was a “Freak Accident.” “‘The bonfire, we’ve been doing it for 90 years, and it’s a very safe process, and it’s a very organized process,’ Hurd said. ‘As with anything, you may have— sometimes have—have a freak accident, but I hope we can analyze this, and figure out the problems, and hopefully improve the bonfire in the future. As I said, the families all want to see bonfire burn in the future, because that’s what the 12 fallen Aggies loved, and—and gave their lives doing.’” [NBC News Transcripts, 11/22/99] Said He Was Unaware of Information About Involvement of Alcohol in Collapse. “I do know that the safety and integrity of Bonfire was preserved that night,” Hurd said. [San Antonio Express-News, 12/6/99] November 2009: Spoke at Memorial for Bonfire Collapse Victims November 2009: Spoke at Memorial for Bonfire Collapse Victims. “‘Bonfire means different things to different people,’ Hurd said. ‘In the fall of 1999, the meaning of Bonfire changed for all of us.’” [Austin American-Statesman, 11/18/09] Supported Regulations on Tailgating at Texas A&M Supported Regulations on Tailgating at Texas A&M. “‘We want to promote how to drink properly and not in excess, and this is a more organized way and policy to consume alcohol on campus,’ Hurd said.
‘This is still an academic environment, and we want to preserve that.’” [University Wire, 7/21/99]
Encouraged Students Not to Drive Late at Night
Encouraged Students Not to Drive Late at Night. “It’s tough to have that many losses to the A&M family,” Hurd said. ‘Don’t drive on the highway late and with little sleep. Pull over and take a nap. Go to a hotel lobby if you don’t want to sleep in your car.’” [San Antonio Express-News, 10/12/99]
Participated in Student Panel on Sex and Relationship Issues
Participated in Student Panel on Sex and Relationship Issues. In 2000, while serving as student body president, Hurd was a member of a panel of four student leaders who heard questions from the audience on a variety of topics, from Internet relationships to safe sex. The event, called Aggie Luv Lines, was held as part of Sexual Responsibility Week and gave students the opportunity to openly inquire about sexual issues and relationship problems and receive honest answers from knowledgeable sources [University Wire, 3/2/00]
Received Hinson-Hazelwood Loan to Attend College
Received Hinson-Hazelwood Loan to Attend College. In October 1999, Hurd testified in support of a constitutional amendment to extend the Hinson-Hazelwood loan program for five years. The program, started in 1965, provided more than $900 million to more than 260,000 low and middle-income students in Texas, including Hurd. “If it wasn’t for that [...] I wouldn’t have been able to get the complete education I’ve received,” Hurd said. [Dallas Morning News, 10/16/99]
Claimed to Have Turned Down Stanford Scholarship to Attend Texas A&M
Claimed to Have Turned Down Stanford Scholarship to Attend Texas A&M. In April 2000, Hurd said in an interview with Texas Monthly magazine that he had turned down a scholarship to Stanford because of what Texas A&M calls “the other education,” the idea that students learn as much from participating in activities as they do in the classroom.
“It got me here,” Hurd said. “I was planning to go to Stanford. I wanted to go there, and I had a lot of financial aid. Then my high school counselor in San Antonio said I should apply to A&M. I came up here and saw the opportunities to develop as a whole person.” [Texas Monthly, April, 2000]
Participated in Texas A&M Programs Abroad
Participated in Texas A&M Programs Abroad. In April 2000, Hurd said in an interview with Texas Monthly magazine that he studied abroad in Mexico City, interned for a microchip manufacturing company in Manila, and served as a counselor at an A&M leadership program in Italy for thirty incoming freshmen. He majored in computer science but minored in international studies. [Texas Monthly, April, 2000]
Managed a $5.6 Million Budget as Head of Memorial Student Center
Managed a $5.6 Million Budget as Head of Memorial Student Center. In April 2000, Hurd said in an interview with Texas Monthly magazine that he had the opportunity to manage a $5.6 million budget as the head of the Memorial Student Center. As student body president, Hurd described himself as “the mayor of a moderate sized town.” [Texas Monthly, April, 2000] Viewed Himself as “Texan” Instead of Mixed Race Viewed Himself as “Texan” Instead of Mixed Race. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Hurd said that people have thought of him as many different races because of his African American father
and white mother. He views himself as Texan:
“I get that question a lot,” Hurd said. “I see myself first as Will Hurd. I see myself next as an American, and when you start whittling it down, I consider myself a Texan. Other people are more aware of that division or the choice, or whatever you want to call it, than I am. Sometimes people do want you to make a choice. That is almost an insignificant way of categorizing someone.” [San Antonio Express-News, 10/9/00] Spent Nine Years As A CIA Case Officer Spent Nine Years As A CIA Case Officer. Hurd spent nine years as a case officer in the CIA, combating terrorism in Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, New York, and Washington. [Corpus Christie Caller-Times, 12/20/09] Spent Most of His CIA Career in South Asia, Including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
According to the Houston Chronicle, “Hurd’s CIA career was spent mostly in South Asia hot spots, particularly Afghanistan and Pakistan. Besides the cloak-and-dagger work of the agency’s National Clandestine Service, formerly known as the Directorate of Operations, he was involved in rescue efforts in India during the tsunami of 2005 and in Pakistan during the earthquake of 2006.” [Houston Chronicle, 11/14/14]
Moved Back to District After Spending Nine Years in CIA
Moved Back to District After Spending Nine Years in CIA. In 2010, the Texas Tribune reported that Hurd returned to the 23rd district after spending nine years as a CIA officer. While working at the CIA, Hurd spent time in Afghanistan as an operations officer. [Texas Tribune, 4/14/10; San Antonio Express News, 3/03/10]
Formerly A Partner at Washington, DC Based Crumpton Group
Partner at Washington, DC Based Crumpton Group. As of 2013, Hurd was a partner at Crumpton Group. His ownership interest in the company was valued between $250,000 and $500,000, and he earned over $193,000 in salary in 2012, and over $80,000 in salary through September of 2013. [Hurd Personal Financial Disclosure, 10/30/13] The Crumpton Group was formed in 2007 in Virginia. As of 2014, the registered agent was Roy Morris of Arlington, VA. [Virginia State Corporation Commission, accessed 3/19/14] Crumpton Group Has Not Received Any Government Contracts. According to the Office and Management and Budget, the Crumpton Group has not received any federal awards.
[USAspending.gov, accessed 3/19/14] Crumpton Group Founded by Hank Crumpton. The Crumpton Group is a “strategic international advisory and business development firm” headed by former State Department and CIA official Henry “Hank” Crumpton. “CG works with global corporations, including those in the infrastructure, energy, and financial services industries. Ambassador Crumpton advises CEOs and their teams on the political, security, and commercial dynamics in emerging and frontier markets,” according to Crumpton’s biography [Crumpton Biography, GWU Homeland Security Policy Institute, accessed 3/19/14] Crumpton Was In Charge of Covert U.S. Response to 9/11. In 2012, it was reported that Hank Crumpton was the head of the CIA’s National Resources Division, “a highly sensitive operation charged with collecting foreign intelligence here in the U.S.” Crumpton also led the covert response to 9/11 in Afghanistan and helped overtake the Taliban in that country. [CBS News, 5/14/12] Crumpton Was Coordinator for Counterterrorism at Department of State Under Bush Administration. From 2005 to 2007, Crumpton served as the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State with the rank of Ambassador-at-Large. [Department of State Archive, accessed 3/19/14] Crumpton Received Numerous Intelligence Awards. Crumpton was the recipient of Intelligence Commendation Medal; the George H.W. Bush Award for excellence in counterterrorism; the Sherman Kent Award, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the literature of intelligence; the Donovan Award; and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA’s highest award for achievement.
[Crumpton Biography, GWU Homeland Security Policy Institute, accessed 3/19/14] Crumpton Critical Of U.S. Campaign in Afghanistan. Crumpton said of key military lessons learned after the 2001-02 Afghanistan campaign “the campaign underscored the value of intelligence, integration of multiple U.S. government entities, empathetic understanding and support to local partners, application of technology driven by specific needs (not vice-versa), a bias to the field, flat and networked organizations, speed and precision in force projection, and leadership. The United States, distracted with Iraq, and international community failed to secure the 01-02 Afghanistan victory with non-military power and did not address the growing enemy safe haven in Pakistan.