At a Glance
- Career History: Attorney, H. Victor Millner Jr. (1999-2011); Virginia State Senate (2008-2011); Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates (2002-2008); member, Chatham Town Council (2000-2001); Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Pittsylvania County (1996-1999)
- Birthday: June 16, 1969
- Hometown: New York, N.Y. (born) raised in Chatham, Va.
- Alma Mater: Hampden Sydney College, B.S. (1991); Mississippi College, J.D. (1995)
Path To Power
Born in 1969 in New York City, Hurt lived there for nine years before moving to Chatham, Va., which he considers his hometown.
A graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and the Mississippi College School of Law, Hurt worked as a prosecutor in his home county from 1996 to 1999.
Though Hurt has faced criticism, particularly among tea party members, for not being sufficiently conservative , the Republican has staked a claim as a fiscal conservative.
During his 2010 House campaign, Hurt invoked the need for the country to return to the principles of the Founding Fathers. "That's what people are yearning for - free enterprise, limited government and individual liberties," Hurt said at an October 2010 rally.
Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), who is a possible 2012 Senate candidate, joined Hurt on a series of 2010 campaign stops.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who represents the neighborhing 7th district, endorsed Hurt in the primary over the objections of his primary rivals, and donated $7,000 to his campaign through his leadership PAC and personal campaign fund.