Judge Murr to run for Legislature
Kimble County Judge Andrew Stevenson Murr announces his intention to be a Republican Party candidate for State Representative District 53. Harvey Hilderbran, who currently holds the position, has decided he will not seek re-election, instead announcing his candidacy for Texas State Comptroller.
The twelve county district includes Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher and Sutton counties.
Murr has been Kimble County Judge since 2008. He grew up on a working ranch in Kimble County and graduated from Junction High School. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a teaching degree and later earned a law degree with highest honors from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003. While at A&M, he spent a semester in Washington, DC as a congressional agricultural and natural resource policy intern and also worked in Austin as assistant committee clerk for the Texas House Natural Resources Committee during the 76th Texas Legislature.
After passing the Texas Bar, he worked in Dallas for one of the state's largest law firms practicing commercial litigation throughout Texas and around the country. He returned to his hometown to establish a general law practice in 2006.
In addition to serving as county judge, Andy lives on the family ranch, raising cattle, and he and his wife operate Telegraph Title Company. He serves on the Junction National Bank Board of Directors and is the vice-president - and prospective president) - of the Board of the Kimble-Edwards Farm Bureau. Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the Concho Valley Regional Review Board in 2011.
Murr is past chairman of the Concho Valley Council of Governments Executive Committee. He is a member, and past president, of the Junction Rotary Club. He serves as a board member of the Concho Valley Transit District, Kimble County Historical Commission, Kimble County Youth Show and the Hill Country Fair Association. He has served on the Texas Tech University Hill Country Board of Advisers.
Andy is married to his wife of 10 years, Lacey, who taught elementary school until she became a stay-at-home mom after the arrival of their son Coke, now four. She works part-time in their title company and in a local insurance company. They are members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Junction.
Murr's announcement constitutes an automatic resignation of county office under the Texas Constitution. The Kimble County Commissioners Court is expected to meet soon to select a qualified successor.
Murr states, "I am running because I believe I can be an effective voice in the Legislature for our area. I will be a tireless advocate for our rights, our values, and our region-specific interests such as water, education, small business, agriculture, property rights and oil and gas matters. I am grateful for the expressions of support I have received from individuals throughout the district, encouraging me to run. I have been honored to serve the citizens of Kimble County, and I have gained valuable experience in my tenure as county judge that I will put to use in representing all the counties in District 53 in Austin if elected."