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Lone black Republican member of Congress decides not to seek re-election

U.S. Rep. Mia Love lost her re-election bid for re-election in 2018.
Will Ballard Hurd, the only African American Republican serving in Congress, said Thursday that he would not seek re-election when his current term expires in 17 months.
He was only one of four Republicans in the House who disagreed with President Trump when he told four congresswomen they should go back to where they from, although they were all U.S. citizens.
Hurd represents the 23rd Congressional District that stretches 800 miles from San Antonio to El Paso along Texas’s border with Mexico.
In 2018’s midterm elections, Mia Love, the only black woman Republican in Congress, was defeated for re-election. Love represented Utah’s 4th Congressional District, which includes Salt Lake City.
Eight Republicans currently serving in Congress said they will not seek re-election in 2020, according to the website Ballotpedia.
Hurd, who has served three terms in Congress, said he wants to pursue other opportunities outside of Congress that concern solving problems involving technology and national security. Hurd has represented the district since 2015.
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