Get To Know Derrick

Derrick Crowe is fighting for liberty and justice—for all—in Texas's 21st Congressional District. He's a proud progressive Democrat, former senior staffer on Capitol Hill, and a former small business owner in Austin. He’s also an organizer for climate change action and advocates for fixing our rigged economy.

Derrick has been recognized in the national press as the “science nerd” challenging “Congress’ most detested science denier.” He gained notoriety for going to jail in protest of GOP efforts to kick 22 million Americans off of health coverage. He’s committed to using his campaign and a future congressional seat as vehicles for progressive change.

Derrick worked in Washington, D.C. for senior Democrats, including the House Democratic Leader (Nancy Pelosi) and the top Democrats on agriculture (Charlie Stenholm) and counter-terrorism (Adam Smith). As a senior staffer, he contributed to messaging effort that helped Democrats retake the House in 2006. He also coordinated press appearances for the top Democrat on counter-terrorism, who was acting as a national security surrogate for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign.

Concerned that Washington was pursuing military solutions to  political problems on the world stage, 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 military spending and bringing troops home from wars that aren't making us safer and aren't worth the cost.

In the nonprofit sector, Derrick focused on supporting those in crisis, as well as improving government transparency and ethics. As communications director for an organization focused on family and intimate partner violence, Derrick helped lead a successful advocacy effort to win more city funds to process backlogged rape kits, provide justice to survivors of sexual assault, and get serial rapists off the street.


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 was proud to serve 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 a father to Henry and a husband to Laurie. His goal is to have a good answer for when his son 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 the Texas Panhandle. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 2002. The Crowes are members of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Austin.