Murr wins State House District 53 runoff
By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor
In a hard-fought and acrimonious Republican Party runoff election on Tuesday, May 27, Andrew Murr bested Rob Henneke of Kerrville to be the Republican nomination for District 53.
In the November midterm election, Murr will face a candidate from the Libertarian Party. No Democratic Party candidate will run in the State House District 53 race. The district is comprised of Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher and Sutton counties.
If successful in the fall election, Murr will replace longtime Rep. Harvey Hilderbran. Earlier, Hilderbran had thrown his hat in the ring for Texas Comptroller, but conceded rather than face a run-off with eventual Republican nominee, Glenn Hegar.
Describing the run-off election as "quite a little bull ride," Murr was clearly glad to have it behind him and gratified by his decisive win.
One of his main duties in the Texas Legislature will be to keep a vigilant eye on Hill Country water. "It's our most important issue to date," Murr said in a recent interview. "We must pay attention to what's going on in large metropolitan areas because they need water due to continuing population growth - and that's true whether it's river and creek water, lake water or groundwater."
Murr continued, "In San Antonio, growth is prevalent and water seemed like an afterthought. The Hill Country would like San Antonio to build a water desalination system, but, until that happens, we can't turn our backs for a minute and let a court case change the law. Metropolitan areas are willing to spend millions of dollars to get what they need."
When 100 percent of the votes were tallied, Murr had scored a decisive victory, receiving 9,686 votes, garnering 61.28 percent of the total to Henneke's 6,686 and 38.7 percent of the total in the 12-county district.
Prior to running for State District 53 representative, Murr served as Kimble County Judge since 2008. He grew up on a working ranch in Kimble County and graduated from Junction High School.
Murr 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, Murr worked in Dallas for one of the state's largest law firms practicing commercial litigation throughout Texas and around the country. In 2006, he returned to his hometown of Junction to establish a general law practice.
Currently, Murr lives and raises cattle on the family ranch, and, along with his wife of 10 years, Lacey, operates 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.
The couple has one son, Coke, who is now four.