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William Ballard Hurd (August 19, 1977) was born at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas to Robert and Mary Alice Hurd, and is the youngest of their three children. He graduated from John Marshall High School in San Antonio. Hurd attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he received a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in International Studies. From 2000 to 2009, Hurd served as an Operations Officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, primarily in Southeast Asia.
Hurd received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a minor in International Studies from Texas A&M University. During his time as a student, he studied abroad in Mexico City at LaSalle University; worked for Amkor Technology in Manila, Philippines, one of the world’s largest providers of contract semiconductor assembly and test services; was a counselor for the Champe Fitzhugh Jr. International Honors Leadership Seminar in Italy; and interned with IBM in Austin, Texas.
Hurd was president of Texas A&M’s student union, the Memorial Student Center. As president he managed a budget of 5.6 million dollars and oversaw two thousand student volunteers who produced 16,000 programs annually.
Hurd also served as the Student Body President of Texas A&M University. He represented the University’s 45,000 students and worked with the university administration, faculty and staff to improve the quality of life for all Texas A&M students.
Hurd was Student Body President in 1999 when the school’s annual Bonfire collapsed killing 12 students and injuring 27 others. Hurd was a spokesperson for the Texas A&M student body during this time, appearing on several national news programs to discuss the tragedy.
Upon graduation, Hurd moved to Washington, DC and joined the National Clandestine Service of the CIA. During the past nine years, he has lived all over the world in his position as an Operations Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, although he primarily served in South Asia. His duty was to collect and disseminate foreign intelligence to assist The President and senior government policymakers in making decisions relating to national security. Hurd was involved in rescue efforts in India during the tsunami of 2005 and in Pakistan during the earthquake of 2006.
Hurd returned from overseas in July 2009 and is now an official Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas.