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State Representative Murr seeks third term


State Representative Andrew Murr announced this week that he will seek a third term in the Texas House. First elected in 2014, Rep. Murr has helped craft two of the most conservative budgets in Texas history, and he said he is looking forward to continuing the fight for true property tax reform, and for a smaller, more accountable state government.
“I’ve said since Day 1 that I don’t work for the state, but rather that I am an extension of local government and of the people who elected me,” said Rep. Murr. “I go to work every day with one goal in mind, and that is to do everything in my power to create a state government that serves the people – not the other way around. While we have made great strides in that direction in the last three years, there is always more work to be done.”
During the 84th legislative session, Rep. Murr was recognized as one of the state’s rising conservative leaders when he helped add $1.5 billion in funding for our local schools, $2.5 billion in funding for roadways, and $840 million for additional border security, all the while provided $3.8 billion in tax relief to hard-working families. For his efforts he was named a "Courageous Conservative" by the Texas Conservative Coalition, and was rated among the Top 25 most conservative House members by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.
This year, during the 85th legislative session, Rep. Murr again helped add over $2.5 billion in funding to Texas’ public education system, shored up the health care system for retired teachers, and overhauled the Child Protective Services and Texas’ foster care program. The CPS reforms include hiring almost 600 new CPS caseworkers, enhancing foster care provider rates, and providing additional support for families who take in abused children (also known as kinship care). In 2017, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility once again rated Rep. Murr in the top 20% most conservative members of the House.
lso this year, during the recently concluded special session of the Texas Legislature, Rep. Murr authored the most groundbreaking legislation in recent memory to change the way in which we fund public schools in Texas. Following Governor Abbott’s directive to address property tax reform, Rep. Murr filed a bill that would have finally ended the “Robin Hood” school finance system, and it would have cut the average property owner’s tax bill by almost 50%. Although the legislation was not passed into law, Rep. Murr said he will continue to take the lead on this issue until true property tax reform is realized.
“I hear from constituents every day about their property tax concerns,” Rep. Murr said. “They want real relief, and the only way that will ever happen is by changing the way the state funds its constitutional obligations to provide public education for our children. Slashing property taxes will give families greater opportunities for home ownership, it will protect existing homeowners from skyrocketing appraisals, and it’ll make sure that we stop punishing people for owning their little piece of Texas. Coming from a family of ranchers, this is a moral issue to me as much as it is a financial issue.”
Rep. Murr concluded, “It’s been an honor to serve the people of District 53. I am humbled by the support I have received across our 12 counties, and I look forward to continuing our work together to benefit our district and the entire state.”
House District 53 includes Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kimble, Kerr, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher and Sutton Counties and covers approximately 15,000 square miles of rural Texas. Find out more about Rep. Murr at www.andrewmurr.org.