Nov 3, 2019 - Politics & Policy

GOP Rep. Will Hurd: "There won't be a Republican Party" if it doesn't diversify

Will Hurd himself.

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In an interview with Alexi McCammond for "Axios on HBO," GOP Rep. Will Hurd warned that "there won't be a Republican Party" if it doesn't start to look more like the rest of the country.

The big picture: Hurd is the only black Republican in the House. The Senate also has only one black Republican — South Carolina's Sen. Tim Scott. The party is otherwise overwhelmingly white — a stark contrast to the Democratic Party, which has significantly diversified itself in recent years.

  • Hurd announced in August that he will not be seeking re-election, joining a slew of Texas GOP lawmakers who say they will remove themselves from the running in 2020.

What they're saying:

"I do believe that if the Republican Party doesn't start looking like the rest of the country, there won't be a Republican Party in this country. But we know where the trends are going, and we know what we need to do."
— Hurd to "Axios on HBO"

Hurd also acknowledged the importance for Republicans of holding on to the electorate in his home state of Texas.

  • "Minorities, people under the age of 29, and women with a college degree in the suburbs are not choosing the Republican Party. So that's the reality of what we have to do in Texas. And I think I've been the vanguard in this fight by showing how to win one of the, if not the, most competitive seat in the United States of America, a 71% Latino district."

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