Dedicated to a better America
For over two decades William Hurd has been involved in the most pressing national security issues challenging the country, whether in the back-alleys of dangerous places overseas, boardrooms of top international businesses, or the halls of Congress.
He has had a diverse and impactful career as a:
- MEMBER OF CONGRESS
- CYBERSECURITY EXECUTIVE
- UNDERCOVER OFFICER IN THE CIA
- ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE POLICY PIONEER
- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
- INVESTMENT BANKER
Protecting Our Nation
After stopping terrorists, preventing Russian spies from stealing our secrets, and putting nuclear weapons proliferators out of business, Will helped build a cybersecurity company that prepared businesses for the next domain of conflict – cyberspace.
Putting Good Policy over Good Politics
While in Congress, Texas Monthly and Politico Magazine called Will “The Future of the GOP,” because he put good policy over good politics at a time when America was often consumed with what divides us rather than what unites us.
He got more legislation signed into law in three terms than most congressmen do in three decades – substantive legislation like a national strategy for Artificial Intelligence – all while maintaining his reputation as “the most interesting man in Congress.”
After Congress and before his presidential campaign, Will Hurd was a Managing Director at a prestigious investment bank – Allen & Company, a boardmember of the world’s most important artificial intelligence company – OpenAI, and as a Trustee of the most important civic organization contributing to transatlantic cooperation – the German Marshall Fund.
Will has been in the vanguard of technology, national security, and public policy ensuring America addresses important issues like taking advantage of artificial intelligence before it takes advantage of us and ensuring we stays the most powerful country in the world. As a presidential candidate Will introduced groundbreaking AI policies, innovative solutions to our border crisis, and strategies to win the New Cold War with China.
Family and Personal Life
Will Hurd is a devoted husband and acclaimed author. A San Antonio native and the youngest of three siblings, Will earned his Computer Science degree from Texas A&M University. He has served as a fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, wrote a book titled American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done, and hits the speaking circuit as a keynote speaker.
Will is known for his love of movies, Tex-Mex cuisine, national parks, the San Antonio Spurs, and most importantly his awesome wife. Will Hurd’s wife Lynlie Wallace is an attorney currently serving as a legislative and regulatory counsel at a premier public affairs firm. They first met in 2009, when she taught him everything he now knows about politics. They decided to tie the knot on New Year’s Eve in 2022.
Will Hurd Speaks
Collaboration with Kim Jong Un
Trump and Biden embolden nuclear terrorism
Border nuances must be respected
Global cooperation for our border crisis
I'm supportive of school choice
The amount of federal dollars that go to school is important
65% of Americans think AI will take their job
Aug 19, 1977 – A Fighter is Born
William Hurd is born in San Antonio, TX. He fails to breathe for his first minutes of life causing doctors to caution Bob and Mary Alice Hurd that their baby will have developmental issues throughout his life.
May 1995 – Destiny Beckons
Will proves those doctors wrong, overcomes a speech impediment and graduates from John Marshall High School in San Antonio near the top of his class. He prepares for a new chapter at Texas A&M University where he ultimately is elected president of the student body.
November 18,1999 – Leadership Forged in Crisis
Amidst profound grief throughout the Aggie community, Will Hurd, as Student Body President, helps steer Texas A&M through the heart-wrenching tragedy of the Aggie Bonfire collapse that claimed 12 lives and marked the university’s darkest moment.
May 16, 2000 – The Call to Adventure
Will graduates from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in computer science. Despite opposition from many friends and family, Will declines lucrative job offers in the private sector and chooses a career of public service when he becomes an undercover officer in the CIA.
October 12, 2000 – Learning a Harsh Truth
On the day Will sets out from San Antonio to Langley to start his CIA career, the USS Cole is attacked by Al-Qaeda in Yemen, killing 17 crew members and injuring 39. This becomes Will’s first assignment in the CIA and serves as a stark introduction to the harsh truth that the world is dangerous.
September 12, 2001 – A World Turned Upside Down
William Hurd is training in Washington, D.C. on the morning of September 11th, when terrorists crash planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The next day, the city is locked down but Will hikes 10 miles on foot to report to Langley to begin his next mission – The War on Terror.
December 2004 – Face to Face with Ignorance
In addition to stopping terrorists, Will briefed members of Congress when they travelled overseas. While briefing a delegation in the aftermath of a tsunami that killed 225,000 people in 12 countries, Will is stunned by lawmakers’ insensitive remarks. This encounter serves as his first exposure to the unsettling ignorance and perplexing attitudes of many elected officials.
February 2006 – A Seed is Planted
Over dinner with his best friend at La Lomita Dos during a trip back to DC during his assignment to Pakistan, a seasoned political operative and fellow Aggie suggests Will should run for Congress. Initially rebuffing the idea, this conversation unknowingly sows the seeds for his future political path.
August 20, 2009 – From Shadows to Spotlight
After almost a decade in the Clandestine Service, Will had grown increasingly disgusted with the lack of leadership in Washington, and decides to leave a job he loved, a world he knew, and a profession he was good at to run for Congress in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas.
April 13, 2010 – A Political Rollercoaster
After stepping out of the shadows and into the public eye, with the help of an out of work housewife, a recent college grad, a lawyer from Houston, and a political veteran named Lynlie Wallace, Will shocks the political establishment, and wins the GOP primary, but failure to secure 50% of the vote leads to a runoff. Despite expectations that Will would now win, he suffers a narrow defeat of 700 votes.
July 1, 2010 – Rising from Defeat
After much introspection, Will Hurd dusts himself off and joins Crumpton Group, a strategic advisory firm that helps businesses grow into new and uncharted markets. He spearheads an initiative to build a partnership with the cybersecurity company FusionX to prepare companies, governments, and institutions for the next battlefield – cyberspace.
June 3, 2014 – The Unlikely Comeback
Believing his days of running for office were behind him, Will Hurd is unexpectedly drawn back into the political arena. Answering an irresistible call to public service, he stages a remarkable comeback, toppling former Congressman Quico Canseco in the Republican Primary for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas.
November 4, 2014 – The Underdog’s Victory
Will Hurd does what the establishment thinks can’t be done and secures a narrow but decisive victory over incumbent Congressman Pete Gallego in the General Election, surpassing expectations by over 2,500 votes. Following his victory, to understand and embody the hopes and needs of his constituents, he embarks on a tour of all 29 counties to get his marching orders before he is sworn in to Congress.
January 6, 2014 – The Work Begins
The corridors of power welcome an unlikely face as William Hurd is officially sworn in as the Representative from the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. When Will takes his oath of office, he transitions from a challenger to a champion of the people who live in the 29 counties, two time zones, and 820 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.
May 19, 2015 – First of Many Victories
Congressman Will Hurd sees his first of 21 pieces of legislation become law. His HR 2252 bill fortifies the financial stability of Border Patrol agents. This is just one of the many examples of Hurd’s deep commitment to national security and addressing the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, which will be hallmarks of his career.
November 8, 2016 – Defying Expectations
Contrary to establishment predictions of him being a one-term congressman, Will secures a resounding re-election in a district where Hillary Clinton outperformed Donald Trump by a significant margin. Will’s victory is a testament to his ability to leverage coalition politics and his unwavering focus on national security, foreign policy, and dedication to district needs.
February 14, 2018 – Pioneering the AI Debate
Congressman Will Hurd spearheads a groundbreaking initiative in Congress. He convenes the first-ever hearing on Artificial Intelligence, tackling the monumental impact of AI on every industry and steering the discourse on its potential for both progress and disruption.
November 6, 2018 – The People’s Champion
In striking contrast to GOP losses around the country, Will Hurd is re-elected once again in a district Ted Cruz lost big time to his Democratic opponent, and at a time when the antics of Donald Trump led to House Republicans losing the majority. Will’s victory in one of Texas’s most fiercely contested and costly house races leads him to being the only black Republican in the House of Representatives.
August 1, 2019 – A New Path Emerges
Following three consecutive victories in Congress, Will Hurd reveals his plans to make an impact outside the political sphere. He announces he will not seek re-election, choosing instead to focus on critical issues at the intersection of technology and national security within the private sector and civil society. Additionally, he commits to a significant mission — reshaping the Republican Party to better mirror the diverse tapestry of America.
November 14, 2019 – Dawn of a Movement
With Will’s backing, the Future Leaders Fund emerges, committed to fostering diversity in the Republican Party to reflect America’s rich tapestry more accurately. This initiative successfully aids eight candidates, including women, individuals from communities of color, and national security experts, in securing victories in GOP primaries.
December 9, 2020 – A Call for Unity
Reflecting on an unimaginable congressional journey that included a legislative record more reflective of a member who served three decades rather than three terms, Congressman Will Hurd delivers his last floor speech. He advocates for bipartisanship and heralds his final legislative achievement — the enactment of America’s first national strategy for Artificial Intelligence.
March 1, 2021 – New Challenges Accepted
Elevating his role as a vanguard at the intersection of technology, national security, and public policy, Will Hurd joins Allen & Company, a prestigious investment bank with a significant influence in media, entertainment, and technology. He also becomes a trustee of the German Marshall Fund, pivotal in transatlantic cooperation since WWII, and joins the board of OpenAI, the world’s leading AI company.
March 29, 2022 – Rebooting the Conversation
Simon & Shuster publishes Will’s first book AMERICAN REBOOT to robust sales and nearly universal praise from both critics and consumers. He shares stories about how growing up in an interracial family in Texas, protecting his country in the back alleys of dangerous places, and serving in the halls of Congress can help the country solve generational challenges.
December 31, 2022 – Love’s Journey Culminates
Will Hurd and his wife Lynlie Wallace first met in 2009, when she taught him everything he now knows about politics. They tied the knot on New Year’s Eve in 2022. Lynlie is an attorney currently serving as legislative and regulatory counsel at a premier public affairs firm.
June 1, 2023 – A Dark Horse Republican Presidential Candidate
Having seen our enemies up close and personal through all his experiences, Will Hurd recognizes that to address the generational challenges America faces we must do better than a rematch between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. At a moment when the country needs common sense in complicated times, Will enters the 2024 race to become the Republican nominee for President of the United States of America.
October 9, 2023 – The Underdog Falls Short
In a mere 14 weeks, presidential candidate Will Hurd and his team introduced an AI policy plan, a real strategy to address the border crisis, and a path to winning the New Cold War with China. Hurd achieved feats rivaling those of more known and financially advantaged contenders.
However, the path to victory contained many obstacles and Will suspended his campaign. He began the process of consolidating opposition to Donald Trump by endorsing Ambassador Nikki Haley.
January 1, 2024 – Horizons Unbound
Will Hurd’s future illuminated is by a myriad of achievements and lessons learned. With a history of facing challenges head-on, from the halls of Congress to the forefront of technology and national security, Will is committed to helping form a future filled with innovation, leadership, and the relentless pursuit of progress.
An Idealist's Guide to Getting Big Things Done
About the book
Will draws on his unique experiences in back alleys of dangerous places, boardrooms of international businesses, and the halls of Congress to lay out a detailed plan to “reboot America,” offering a fresh start to a country mired in political divides and internal strife.
Will Hurd tells a great story about his life and his experiences in the CIA, private business, and as a Congressman.
The book also serves as a playbook for like minded Republicans that want to transform the party from the extremes of Trump back to a solutions based party that actually gets things done.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Part personal story, part political analysis, but mainly just common sense thinking and analysis of solutions to problems.
Will Hurd is an amazing writer and person and I expect to see him do great things in the future.
This was a great read. As someone who tends to identify as an Independent or moderate, I thought Mr. Hurd made some great points and offered thoughtful solutions.
I hope he considers a run for political office again, I'd vote for him in a heartbeat.
A life long Republican I had lost hope that I would ever vote Republican again after the extremist views have taken over the party over the last 6 years.
This book covered all my values & concerns in a nuanced way that the majority of politicians today seem incapable of doing.
Will Hurd has spent the past 20 years on the front lines of the most pressing fights facing our nation, in the Middle East, Congress, and the highest levels of business and tech.
Will has spent his life fighting for our country, and he will take those decades of experience with him as he fights for all us.
The choice we face
In every decision we make, we stand at a crossroads. The path of division and quick fixes is well-trodden, but it’s time we consider a different route – one paved with unity and foresight.
Imagine an America where common sense prevails, where policies are crafted with the people’s best interests at heart, and our collective strengths are the foundation of national progress.
This is more than a possibility. It’s a choice we can make right now. By coming together, we have the power to foster a nation that champions innovation, inclusivity, and integrity.
What do we agree on?
The future of the GOP
The most interesting man in Congress
Prize for Civility in Public Life
Blocked by the most Chinese Diplomats
Sanctioned by Vladimir Putin
What’s a modern republican look like?
We’re a nation full of people with these values. If this describes you, you might be a modern Republican.
Respectful and PoliteStrong old school manners. You respect others, and say "please" and "thank you"
FairYou give someone a fair shot
EmpathicYou're ready to put yourself in the shoes of someone else.
InformedNo matter street smarts or book smarts, you understand an education is important
Family ValuesYou put your family above everything and do everything you can to succeed
ResponsibleYou take responsibility for your actions and believe in personal responsibility
KindYou help others and you're always quick to smile
PerseveringYou don't let a little hardship get in your way
CompassionateYou know that we're better together and you are ready to help
Will got more legislation signed into law in three terms than most congressmen do in their entire career. He worked across the aisle, and prioritized good policy over politics.