Andrew Stevenson Murr (born April 23, 1977) is a lawyer, businessman and rancher in Junction, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 53, which encompasses his native Kimble County and eleven other Hill Country, West Texas, South Texas counties: Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kerr, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher, and Sutton.
An eighth-generation Texan, Murr is a maternal grandson of former Governor Coke R. Stevenson, who died in 1975, two years before Murr was born. Murr graduated from Junction High School and Texas A&M University in College Station, with a degree in education. While at Texas A&M, he worked in Washington D.C. on agricultural and natural resource policy matters, and in Austin as an assistant committee clerk for the Texas House Natural Resources Committee. He subsequently received a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock.
Murr lives on the family ranch in Kimble County with his son, Coke (born 2008). Murr raises cattle and operates the Telegraph Title Company in Junction. Murr sits on the board of Junction National Bank. He is a past president of the Farm Bureau of Kimble and Edwards counties and his local Rotary International. He is a past chairman of the executive committee of the Concho Valley Council of Governments. He has also served on the Concho Valley Transit District, the Kimble County Historical Commission, the Kimble County Youth Show, and the Hill Country Fair Association.
After practicing briefly in Dallas, Murr returned to Junction to establish his own law practice. He moved rapidly in local political circles, having been elected county attorney and then county judge of Kimble County, a position which he filled for five years until September 30, 2013, when he resigned to run for the Texas House. Murr's grandfather had also held the same positions of county attorney, county judge, and state representative, with a stint as well as House Speaker.
In 2011, then Governor Rick Perry named Murr to the Concho Valley Regional Review Board. As county judge, he was chairman of the regional Juvenile Board, which supervises probation in several counties.
In the Republican primary election for state representative held on March 4, 2014, Murr handily led a five-candidate field with 10,089 votes (41.3 percent) and was placed into a runoff election on May 27 with the runner-up, Robert Earl "Rob" Henneke (also born 1977) and a lawyer in Kerrville, who received 7,051 votes (28.9 percent). Murr then defeated Henneke, 9,387 (60.6 percent) to 6,100 (39.4 percent).
In the November 4 general election, Murr had no Democrat opposition and defeated the Libertarian nominee, Maximiliam Martin, 36,878 votes (89.9 percent) to 4,139 (10.1 percent). The District 53 House seat was vacated after twenty-six years by Harvey Hilderbran of Kerrville, who ran unsuccessfully against Glenn Hegar for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in the March 4 primary.
Murr won his second term in the House in the November 8, 2016 general election. With 54,741 votes (76.9 percent), he defeated the Democrat Stephanie Lochte Ertel (born 1946) of Kerrville, who polled 14,256 votes (20 percent), and the Libertarian Brian Holk, who trailed with 2,170 ballots (3 percent).