December 12, 2018
By Roland Gilbert
TAC will now have two former constitutional county judges leading its judicial education program. Representative Andrew Murr will join TAC’s Texas Judicial Academy (TJA) as its new Judicial Resources Liaison. He will work with former Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham when she assumes the TJA Judicial Program Manager position on Jan. 1.
Together, they will take over the program from Susan Redford who becomes TAC’s Executive Director on Jan. 1, following Executive Director Gene Terry’s retirement.
“I’m joining an outstanding team,” said Murr. “For the last three years, Judge Redford continued to shape the [Texas Judicial] Academy into an invaluable resource for our state’s county judges. She was so effective in the role that it takes two people to fill her shoes.”
“Representative Murr’s experience and track record is an incredible asset to the Academy,” said Redford. “We’re fortunate to have a professional of his caliber complement our team and help take our program to the next level.”
The Texas Judicial Academy provides continuing education and resources for judges and court personnel through a wide variety of means. Among other duties, Representative Murr will directly assist constitutional county judges, oversee various programs and monitor TJA’s Judicial Hotline at (844) CoJudge or email@example.com.
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. During his tenure, he presided over hundreds of criminal, civil and probate cases and was never overturned on appeal. He also successfully reduced county spending by 31 percent and achieved zero debt. Today, Kimble County has one of the lowest tax rates in the state.
He 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. In 2015, he was appointed to the Texas Judicial Council (TJC), which also names him to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC).
“Even the most successful county judges need assistance from time to time,” said Murr. “My goal is to provide timely and valuable resources that keep Texas county government in the forefront of national excellence.”
Representative Murr received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Texas A&M University in Agricultural Development with an emphasis in economics and policy. He also earned his master’s from Texas A&M and graduated with highest honors from Texas Tech University School of Law. He lives on the family ranch in Junction where he maintains a law practice and raises cattle.