Republican State Rep. Andrew Murr of Junction is being criticized by a second county in his House District 53 for violating the principles of the Republican Party of Texas.

Murr represents a vast swath of southwest Texas including Bandera, Crane, Crockett, Edwards, Kimble, Kerr, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Medina, Menard, Pecos, Real, Schleicher, Sutton, and Upton counties.

He also chairs the House General Investigating Committee, which brought the impeachment charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Now, he is facing backlash from two of his district’s counties.

The Bandera County GOP announced the censure of Murr last week for his role in the Paxton impeachment, as well as his vote for House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), who appointed Democrats to key committee chairmanships in the Texas House. They also highlighted his votes against school choice and for state interference in the political party process.

Meanwhile, the Real County GOP unanimously passed a “Resolution of Admonishment” of Murr.

Their resolution highlighted the same votes and actions as Bandera County GOP’s censure. Real County GOP Chairman Jack DuBose told Texas Scorecard, “It essentially means the same thing for our county,” but was not a formal censure due to time constraints.

Real County GOP notified Murr of the charges in the resolution, but they received “no response.”

Rule 44 of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) allows the party to censure a Republican officeholder for violating the core principles of the RPT, including the party platform and legislative priorities, three or more times during a biennium.

Both the Bandera County GOP censure and the Real County GOP admonishment requested that the State Republican Executive Committee concur with the resolutions and impose the full penalties in Rule 44 upon Murr. These penalties would include disallowing Murr from running as a Republican in the primary election.

“Depending on what happens there [at the SREC meeting in September], we may come back to the censure resolution by calling a special meeting, especially if we or the public does not hear from Representative Murr,” DuBose said.

The Medina County GOP posted on social media after the Bandera County GOP censure that there will be “more to follow.”

Murr did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s request for comment before publication.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government and is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.