Get To Know Derrick

Derrick Crowe is a progressive Democrat running for Congress in Texas's 21st District to build a country that works for everyone, not just corporations and the rich. 

Derrick is:

  • a former senior staffer for top Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
  • a former small business owner, and
  • a nonprofit professional.

Derrick has been recognized in the national press as the “science nerd” challenging “Congress’ most detested science denier.”

In June 2017, he gained notoriety for being willing to face arrest in protest of GOP efforts to kick 22 million Americans off of health coverage.

Throughout his career, Derrick has worked to fight government corruption and advocate for the working class. In Congress, he will work to pass Medicare for All and to combat income inequality.  

On Capitol Hill, Derrick worked for senior Democrats, including the House Democratic Leader (Nancy Pelosi) and the top Democrats on agriculture and rural issues (Charlie Stenholm) and counter-terrorism (Adam Smith). As a senior staffer, Derrick's work led to a better, clearer U.S. strategic communications policy. He also contributed to the effort to retake the House for Democrats in 2006 and to promote the first presidential campaign of then-Sen. Barack Obama in the national media.

Supporters in the Hill Country rally for Crowe for Congress on 22 Oct 2017.

Supporters in the Hill Country rally for Crowe for Congress on 22 Oct 2017.

Concerned that Washington was pursuing military solutions to political problems, Crowe left D.C. and eventually came to lead the Rethink Afghanistan project at Brave New Foundation. He won a reputation as a fierce advocate for reigning in Pentagon spending and bringing troops home from wars that are not worth the cost.

In the nonprofit sector, Derrick focused on supporting those in crisis, as well as fighting government corruption. As communications director for SAFE, Derrick helped lead a successful advocacy effort to win more Austin city funds to process backlogged rape kits, provide justice to survivors of sexual assault, and get serial rapists off the street.

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At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Crowe advocated for low- and moderate-income Texans, working for state policies that benefit would everyone, not just those at the top. That work followed similar efforts at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.

Derrick served as a senior staffer for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a group known for hard-hitting investigations and actions against public officials from both parties who violate the public trust. (CREW is now best-known for suing President Trump for his violations of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution.)

Derrick is also the co-founder of Mothership Books and Games, a small business in Austin, Texas, that he and his wife, Laurie Crowe, owned and operated until late 2014. His experience with Mothership convinced Derrick of the need for a $15/hour minimum wage, single-payer health care, and the need to get the federal government back in the trust-busting business. 

Derrick's goal is to have a good answer when his son, Henry, asks him, “Dad, what did you do?” during these turbulent times in our country. Derrick is a native Texan who grew up in a small town in rural Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 2002. The Crowes are members of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Austin.