WASHINGTON - Newly elected congressman Will Hurd, seated in a drab conference room at GOP headquarters near the Capitol, has been shuttling from one meeting to another all week.
Preparing for the next one, he
slinks an arm through the sleeve of a heavy winter coat, ready to face a blustery afternoon.
An aide asks where he's
"I have a 3 o'clock," Hurd
is one of two black Republicans.
spent nine years as a CIA operative, and he
was in the Capitol for three days before he
could find his
next event without help.
"The back alleys of Pakistan are a little bit less confusing than the halls of Congress," he
had a two-round primary, too.
But that was only the start.
ousted freshman Democratic Rep.
With barely a week between Election Day and orientation, Hurd
didn't have much time to prepare.
is interested in putting his
national security experience to use.
He worked undercover for the CIA, collecting intelligence in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
He also has served as a senior adviser with the cybersecurity firm FusionX.
Babin, a military veteran, hopes for a spot on Armed Services or Energy
and Commerce, both coveted assignments that are hard for freshman to score.
also interested in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
"As a dentist, we get to the root of problems," he
"I'm looking forward to hitting the ground running."
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Austin, has talked to Hurd and Ratcliffe about joining his committee.