Andrew S. Murr - Republican (Incumbent)
Representative Andrew Murr was first elected in 2014 to represent District 53 in the Texas House of Representatives. The district includes Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher and Sutton Counties. An eighth generation Texan, he was raised on a ranch in Kimble County, and attended school in Junction.
In 2008, Representative Murr was elected Kimble County Attorney. However, he was appointed to the position of County Judge, due to a vacancy, before he was sworn in.
As County Judge, Representative Murr presided over hundreds of criminal, civil and probate cases and was never overturned on appeal. In his term of office, he slashed county spending by 31% by cutting waste and inefficiency. Under his leadership, Kimble County today retained one of the lowest tax rates in the state, maintaining zero debt and incurring no future pension obligations. He is also the past Chairman of the Concho Valley Council of Governments Executive Committee, where he was responsible for overseeing millions of dollars in funding for the twelve-county region in the areas of law enforcement, emergency preparedness, solid waste, rural transportation and early childhood education. Representative Murr continued to serve as Kimble County Judge until late 2013, when he announced his candidacy for state office.
Governor Rick Perry appointed Representative Murr to Concho Valley Regional Review Board in 2011. He is a past president of the Kimble-Edwards Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Junction Rotary Club. He serves as a member of the Kimble County of Historical Commission and the Kimble County Youth Show. He is also a proud member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and the National Rifle Association.
During the 84th Texas Legislative Session, Representative Murr was appointed to three House Committees: Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Rules and Resolutions, and Transportation. He was also named to two Transportation sub-committees.
In September 2015, Representative Murr was appointed to the Texas Judicial Council by the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. This appointment also names Murr to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. The TJC is the policy-making body for the state judiciary and the TIDC provides support to counties to develop and maintain indigent defense systems.
Representative Murr and his wife, Lacey, live on the family ranch where they raise cattle. They also own a small business, Telegraph Title Company, and Andy maintains a small-town law practice. Lacey, also a Kimble County native and graduate of Junction High School, attended Texas Tech University and graduated from University of Texas at Dallas with a teaching degree. She taught at Junction ISD until she became a stay-at-home mom in 2008 after the arrival of their son, Coke. They are members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Junction.
Committees: Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Rules and Resolutions, Transportation, Transportation Sub Committee on Long-term Infrastructure Planning, Mental Health
Cash On Hand: $151,875.82