Get To Know Derrick

Derrick Crowe is continuing the political revolution in the 21st District of Texas. He's a proud progressive Democrat, former small business owner, and Capitol Hill professional. Derrick organizes for climate justice and advocates for fixing our rigged economy. 

Derrick worked in Washington, D.C. for senior Democrats, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the top Democrats on agriculture (Charlie Stenholm) and counter-terrorism (Adam Smith). As as staffer, he contributed to the defense of Social Security and Medicare against Republican privatization pushes. As a senior communications professional, he participated in the messaging effort that helped Democrats retake the House in 2006. He also prepared senior Democrats to serve as national security surrogates for then-Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign. 

Concerned that Washington, D.C. was aligning behind a military-first solution to a political problem in Afghanistan, Crowe left the Hill and eventually came to lead the Rethink Afghanistan project at Brave New Foundation (now Brave New Films). He won a reputation as a fierce advocate for reigning in military spending and bringing our troops and tax dollars home from wars that aren't making us safer and aren't worth the cost. 

In the nonprofit sector, Derrick focused on bettering his community and supporting those in crisis, as well as improving government transparency and ethics. As communications director for a local nonprofit 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.

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At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Crowe advocated for low- and moderate-income Texans, supporting legislative agendas that benefit 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 Members of Congress and other elites who violated the public trust, targeting violators from both parties.

Derrick is a father to Henry and a husband to Laurie. His most important 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 was born in Amarillo and grew up in Sunray, a small town in the Texas Panhandle. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. The Crowes are members of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Austin.