A message to Fifth District Virginians

Published 7:34 am Tuesday, January 5, 2016

For the last 15 years, it has been a high honor to represent you, my fellow-citizens, in elective office.

I was first entrusted to represent my neighbors as a citizen-legislator here on the Chatham Town Council and then in the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond in both the House of Delegates and in the Senate.

And now, for the past five years I have had the rare privilege of serving as the representative in the U.S. Congress for Virginia’s Fifth District.

The first member of Congress to represent this district was, of course. When I think back on my first run for public office, I never envisioned making this a career. I ran because I believed then, as I do now, that every citizen should contribute in his or her own way to ensure a vibrant representative democracy.

But I also believed then as I do now that it is not our elected leaders who make our country great, but it is, rather, the private citizen and the private economy that make this country great.

And so it is with these two thoughts in mind that I look forward to returning to private life at the conclusion of my current term and declare that I will not seek re-election to Congress next year.

Please accept my enduring gratitude for the opportunity to serve you, and I thank you for your gracious hospitality as I have traveled all across the 23 counties and cities of the Fifth District over these years.

Robert Hurt, a Republican, represents Charlotte County in the U.S. House of Representatives. His website is hurt.house.gov. He can be reached at his Farmville office at (434) 395-0120.