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Will Hurd

Former U.S. Congressman, Texas' 23rd District

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Will Hurd is a former member of Congress, cybersecurity executive, and officer in the CIA. For two decades he’s been involved in the most pressing national security issues challenging the country, whether overseas in dangerous places, in the boardrooms of international businesses or in the halls of Congress. Hurd is a native of San Antonio and graduate of Texas A&M University. He is a trustee of the German Marshall Fund, a board member of OpenAI and managing director at Allen & Company.

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A Republican Reset

Crosscut Festival 2023
Tue May 2, 2023 | 2:00pm

Will Hurd is a former United States Representative from Texas and a member of the Republican party. His new book, American Reboot, argues that we needs to move beyond the partisan gridlock that characterizes American politics. Can we overcome extreme policy and cultural divides to do this? Is there even a path within the Republican party to moderation?


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Featuring: Will Hurd, Brandi Kruse

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The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024, at the Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98121.

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