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Texas is in Andrew Murr's blood

Andrew Murr - an 8th generation Texan, descendant of a pioneering family of one of our brave defenders of the Alamo, and grandson of former Governor Coke R. Stevenson – Representative Murr comes from a long line of Texans committed to making our state a better place to live for future generations. Read more about State Representative Andrew Murr...

On this day 182 years ago, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. From March 2, 1836 until February 19, 1846, the Republic of Texas was its own country. During that time, it went through nine capitals (settling on Austin in 1839), four presidents, and even had its own money -- the Republic of Texas Dollar. When Texas was admitted to the Union, it became the 28th state (and star on the USA flag). Please pause today on this Texas Independence Day and reflect on where Texas was 182 years ago.

Today, I hosted a summit in Kerrville with invited professionals and elected officials for Kerr and surrounding counties regarding mental health and substance abuse. We reviewed mental health accomplishments during the last legislative session, including significant additional funding for our state hospitals (including Kerrville State Hospital). Our group also engaged in a broad discussion on substance abuse, including methamphitamines and opioids. I would like to give special thanks to the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (Texas State of Mind) for attending and their continued support over the last three years. I would also like to thank Ms. Leigh Ann Fitzpatrick and her staff for hosting our summit at the Kerrville State Hospital. I appreciate the continuing collaboration of our regional professionals and elected officials and look forward to sharing what I learned with my fellow committee members this spring and summer during our hearings on the Select Committee of Opioids and Substance Abuse.

I’m in Austin today attending a meeting of the Texas Judicial Council as a member. The TJC is the policy-making body for the state judiciary and we study methods to simplify judicial procedures, expedite court business, and better administer justice for all types of law -- criminal, civil, juveniles, guardianship and mental health. Today, we discussed trending case volume by topic across the state, addressed recent legislative changes for judicial security, reviewed relevant Texas House and Senate interim committee charges, and listened to committee updates from various TJC members.

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Capitol Office

  • P.O. Box 2910
  • Extension Room E1.306
  • Austin, Texas 78768
  • Telephone: (512) 463-0536
  • Facsimile: (512) 463-1449
  • andrew.murr@house.texas.gov

Kerrville Office

  • 715 Water Street
  • Kerrville, Texas 78028
  • Telephone: (830) 257-0432

Llano Office

  • 104 West Sandstone
  • Llano, Texas 78643
  • Telephone: (512) 463-0536

Campaign Office

  • P.O. Box 125
  • Junction, Texas 76849
  • Murr4Texas@gmail.com


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