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Rep. Robert Hurt (R)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-4711

Address: 125 CHOB, DC 20515

Websites: hurt.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (434) 791-2596

Address: 308 Craghead Street, Danville VA 24541-1468

Charlottesville VA

Phone: (434) 973-9631

Fax: (434) 973-9635

Address: 686 Berkmar Circle, Charlottesville VA 22901-1464

Farmville VA

Phone: (434) 395-0120

Fax: (434) 395-1248

Address: 515 South Main Street, Farmville VA 23901

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Buck, Jeanna
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Crews, Maegan
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Green, Linda
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Hicks, Rob
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Leake, Scott
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Page, Esther
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Barts, Gayle
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Robert Hurt Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Virginia 5
  • Born: Jun. 16, 1969, New York, NY
  • Home: Chatham
  • Education:

    Hampden-Sydney Col., B.S. 1991; MS Col., J.D. 1995.

  • Professional Career:

    Chief asst., Pittsylvania Cnty. Commonwealth's Atty., 1996-99; Practicing atty., 1999-2010.

  • Political Career:

    Chatham Town Cncl., 2001; VA House, 2002-07; VA Senate, 2008-10.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Presbyterian

  • Family: Married (Kathy); 3 children

Republican Robert Hurt reclaimed his seat for the GOP in 2010 by ejecting freshman Democrat Tom Perriello. Hurt shares with his Class of 2010 colleagues a strong conservative bent, but he is mild-mannered and shuns declamatory rhetoric. Read More

Republican Robert Hurt reclaimed his seat for the GOP in 2010 by ejecting freshman Democrat Tom Perriello. Hurt shares with his Class of 2010 colleagues a strong conservative bent, but he is mild-mannered and shuns declamatory rhetoric.

Hurt was born in New York City, the son of Henry Hurt, a journalist, nonfiction author, and editor for Reader’s Digest. In 1986, Henry Hurt wrote a book questioning the findings of the Warren Commission called Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. He did much of his writing in rural Chatham, Va., where he and his wife raised their three children. Robert Hurt went to Hargrave Military Academy and then on to Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. He earned an undergraduate degree in English and then a law degree at Mississippi College before returning to Chatham to practice law. Robert’s brother, Charlie Hurt, became a journalist like their father and became the Washington bureau chief for the New York Post. Robert Hurt was the chief assistant attorney for Pittsylvania County and, in 2001, began his political career with his election to the Chatham Town Council. A year later, he successfully ran for the Virginia House of Delegates, where he served until 2007. Hurt ran successfully for the state Senate the following year.

In 2010, Perriello was among the most vulnerable freshman lawmakers. In 2008, he had snatched the Republican-leaning district away by only 727 votes from Rep. Virgil Goode, a six-term conservative Republican who left the Democratic Party in 2000. During the primary campaign, Hurt won the confidence of establishment Republicans and easily won with 48% of the vote.

In his general election campaign, Hurt slammed Perriello for his votes in favor of Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus bill, the Democrats’ health care overhaul, and their legislation to cap carbon emissions. He said he would try to reduce the size of the federal budget with free market solutions rather than stimulus programs. Hurt also vowed not to vote for any bill that contained earmarks. Perriello attacked Hurt for supporting then-Democratic Gov. Mark Warner’s 2004 budget, which increased state taxes by $1.4 billion. Hurt responded that as a state legislator he had voted against more than two dozen tax increases.

Both candidates had robust fundraising operations, although with $3.8 million, Perriello raised considerably more than Hurt, who took in $2.6 million. Hurt also lost out on the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, which backed Perriello in accordance with its policy of supporting gun rights-friendly incumbents. Hurt refused to debate a third party candidate, businessman Jeff Clark, who ran as a tea party independent and who called Hurt “a situational conservative.” In November, Hurt earned 51% of the vote, to 47% for Perriello and 2% for Clark.

In Washington, Hurt was the Virginia delegation’s most conservative member in 2011, according to National Journal’sannual rankings. He was given a seat on the Financial Services Committee and got one of his first amendments passed in the House; it mandated that any savings from a bill to terminate an Obama-backed mortgage aid program go to deficit reduction. The billed died in the Democratic-controlled Senate. He also introduced a bill to require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to develop a plan to sell non-critical assets, such as patents and historical mortgage data, in a move to shrink the two government-sponsored mortgage giants, a favorite target of conservatives. Another bill he sponsored in 2012 sought to prevent federal money from being spent on lobbying for what he deemed overtly political activities, such as urging the public to limit consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages.

Hurt appeared on early Democratic target lists for 2012, but Virginia Republicans gave him some insurance in post-2010 census redistricting by stretching his district from Fauquier County in Northern Virginia’s exurbs all the way to the North Carolina state line, adding some GOP turf. Democrats persuaded John Douglass, a retired Air Force brigadier general, to abandon a challenge to 10th District GOP Rep. Frank Wolf to take on Hurt. Douglass decided to focus his campaign on his opposition to uranium mining and blasted Hurt for his father’s investment in a company hoping to mine and mill a uranium ore deposit in the district. Hurt ran a series of ads accusing Douglass of being a “D.C. insider,” citing his tenure as the head of the Aerospace Industries Association, a Washington trade group. Douglass got 73% of the vote in liberal Charlottesville, but it wasn’t nearly enough to stop Hurt, who won 55%-43%.

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Robert Hurt Election Results
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2012 General
Robert Hurt (R)
Votes: 193,009
Percent: 55.44%
John Douglass (D)
Votes: 149,214
Percent: 42.9%
2012 Primary
Robert Hurt (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (51%)
Robert Hurt Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 17 (L) : 83 (C) 11 (L) : 87 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 15 (L) : 84 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) 30 (L) : 66 (C) 27 (L) : 70 (C)
Composite 15.8 (L) : 84.2 (C) 19.8 (L) : 80.2 (C) 14.0 (L) : 86.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV113
CFG7873
ITIC-83
NTU8278
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COC94-
ACLU-0
ACU9288
ADA50
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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