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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: June 16, 1969, New York, NY

Home: Chatham, VA

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.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Presbyterian

Family: Married (Kathryn (Kathy) Raine Heithaus) , 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.

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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Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Robert Hurt
Votes: 193,009
Percent: 55.44%
John Douglass
Votes: 149,214
Percent: 42.9%
2012 PRIMARY
Robert Hurt
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Robert Hurt
Votes: 119,560
Percent: 50.81%
Tom Perriello
Votes: 110,562
Percent: 46.99%
2010 PRIMARY
Robert Hurt
Votes: 17,120
Percent: 48.43%
James McKelvey
Votes: 9,153
Percent: 25.89%
Mike McPadden
Votes: 3,460
Percent: 9.79%
Kenneth Boyd
Votes: 2,608
Percent: 7.38%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (51%)

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