Cyndi Taylor Krier

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Cynthia "Cyndi" Taylor Krier ​

Texas State Senator for District 26 (Bexar County)​
In office
1985​ – 1993​
Preceded by Bob Vale​
Succeeded by Jeff Wentworth​

Bexar County Administrative Judge​
In office
1993​ – 2001​
Preceded by John A. Longoria​
Succeeded by Nelson W. Wolff​

Born July 12, 1950​
Beeville, Bee County, Texas ​
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joseph Roland "Joe" Krier​
Children No children​

Parents:
Robert Stevens Taylor
​ Mary McGuffin Taylor​

Residence San Antonio, Texas​
Alma mater San Antonio College​

Trinity University (San Antonio)
University of Texas at Austin
​ UT School of Law

Occupation Attorney
Religion Episcopalian

Cynthia Taylor Krier, known as Cyndi Taylor Krier (born July 12, 1950), is an attorney, lobbyist, and Republican former politician in San Antonio, Texas. She represented District 26 in the Texas State Senate from 1985 to 1993 and as the administrative judge of populous Bexar County from 1993 to 2001.[1] Her husband, attorney Joseph Roland "Joe" Krier (born 1946), is a former long-term president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.[2]

Background

Krier was born in Beeville, a small town in Bee County in south Texas to Robert Stevens Taylor (1914–1978) and the former Mary McGuffin (1916–2002). Her parents divorced when she was eight years of age, and she relocated with her mother to Dinero, an unincorporated community in Live Oak County near George West, Texas.[3] There, her maternal grandfather and then her grandmother served as postmaster. That post office has since been closed because of the lack of population in Dinero. Krier's mother was for thirty years a postal employee in Beeville. In 2008, on the recommendation of then Republican U.S. Representative Lamar Smith and the Texas congressional delegation, the post office 10250 John Saunders Road in San Antonio was named for Cynthia Krier.[4]

Krier was an honor student and a basketball player. She attended San Antonio College and then Trinity University, both in San Antonio, before she transferred to the University of Texas at Austin to major in journalism. In Austin, she began working in the campaigns of various Republican candidates. After graduation from UT in 1971, she was subsequently employed by the Texas Republican Party and edited a statewide newsletter. Thereafter, in 1975, she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.[3]

In 1974, she was an intern in the White House. Upon her return to Texas, she worked on the staff of Moderate Republican U.S. Senator John Tower. In 1976, she worked in the campaign for President Gerald Ford, who was soundly defeated in the Texas primary by former California Governor Ronald W. Reagan of California but still won the Republican nomination, only to lose to Democrat Jimmy Carter of Georgia in the general election. In April 1979, Krier joined the law firm of Lang, Lado, Green, Coghlan & Fischer and specialized in civil cases. She actively recruited women into Republican political causes. She was vice chairman of the Bexar County GOP from 1979 to 1981, during which time Reagan won the party's presidential nomination and then unseated Carter. Krier served on a bipartisan commission to propose legislative reforms on a task force for women and minorities established by Texas Governor Bill Clements, first elected in 1978 as the state's first Republican governor since 1873.

Political career

State senator

​ In 1984, running under the Reagan-Bush national ticket, Krier challenged the Democratic state Senator Robert L. "Bob" Vale (1931–1992). She actively sought the support of women from both major parties, having employed the slogan: "A Senator We Can Be Proud Of." In unseating Vale, Krier became the first woman and the first Republican to represent San Antonio in the state Senate.[3] Similarly in 1972, Elizabeth Richards "Betty" Andujar (1912-1997) had become the first woman and the first Republican to represent Fort Worth in the Senate, but Andujar was defeated for reelection two years before Krier arrived in the chamber, and Andujar was a Reagan primary supporter in 1976.[5]

Krier was also the only woman senator for the first two years of her service, until joined in 1987 by the still-serving Judith Pappas Zaffirini of Laredo. In the 1985 legislative session, Krier worked to reform state laws dealing with child abuse and family violence. In the Senate, she sponsored eighty bills which became law, with emphasis on family violence and alternative dispute resolutions. She served on the Senate Finance, Education, and Jurisprudence committees as well as the Texas Legislative Council. Senator Krier supported the expansion of business opportunities through tourist development and job-training programs.[2]

In 1988, under the Bush-Quayle ticket, Krier was reelected to the Senate and continued her concentration on family violence.[2]

Bexar County judge

In 1992, Krier did not seek a third term in the Senate but ran for the administrative position of Bexar County judge. It was noted that more conservative state senators were entering the chamber at that time, and Krier, as a Moderate Republican, believed that her influence in the body would diminish. While seeking the county judgeship, Krier received contributions from the conservative Christian and anti-abortion interest group, Texans for Governmental Integrity, founded by James Leininger, sometimes called the "Daddy Warbucks of Social Conservatism" in Texas. Krier defended Leininger from his detractors and said at the time that the conservative figure was not seeking to "define and control agendas ... [and was] not...behind the scenes trying to manipulate things."[6]

As with the state Senate, Krier was both the first woman and the first Republican county judge in the history of Bexar County. She was elected as a Republican even though national Democrats Bill Clinton and Al Gore succeeded in carrying Bexar County in both 1992 and 1996. And Hillary Rodham Clinton polled a big margin in Bexar County in 2016. As judge, Krier pushed for the building of a new county jail and again concentrated her emphasis on remedies to the problem of family violence.[3]

More recent years

In December 2000, Krier served on the transition team when Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry succeeded to the governorship upon the election of George W. Bush to the U.S. presidency.[6] Krier also served on the exploratory committee of Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratlif, a Democrat-turned-Moderate Republican from Mt. Pleasant in east Texas, who succeeded Perry in the second position but did not seek a full term in the 2002 election, when the office was won by Republican David Dewhurst.[6]

Months later, Governor Perry named Krier to a six-year term on the regents of the University of Texas System. She was for a time the vice chairman of the board and the chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. she also served on the committees of (1) Audit, Compliance, and Management Review, (2) Finance and Planning, and (3) Health Affairs Committee. She was also the regents' representative to the board which handles the leasing of university lands for oil and natural gas exploration and development.[3]

On August 28, 2001, Krier became the vice president for Texas governmental relations for the insurance company USAA.[3] Still active in civic matters, Krier is affiliated with the American Bar Association, Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, and United Way. She is an Episcopalian.[2]

Krier's husband, Joe Krier, and his younger brother, Stephen Thomas Krier of Lubbock, Texas, who is also an attorney, were born to Roland C. Krier (1916–1990) and the former Marie Antoinette Litzow (1922–2009). The senior Kriers were natives of Wisconsin, who later lived in Lubbock. Marie Krier relocated to San Antonio after her husband's death.[7]

In addition to the post office, Krier is honored with the naming of the Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Center at 3621 Farm Road in San Antonio.[8]

References

  1. Past County Judges of Bexar County. bexar.org. Retrieved on September 17, 2011; material no longer on-line.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Cyndi Taylor Krier. lrl.state.tx.us. Retrieved on March 20, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 A Guide to the Cyndi Taylor Krier Papers, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries (UTSA Libraries) Special Collections; material no longer on-line.
  4. Congressman Smith on the Cyndi Taylor Krier Post Office Bill, March 5, 2008. lamarsmith.house.gov. Retrieved on September 17, 2011; no longer on-line.
  5. Elizabeth Richards Andujar. cemetery.state.tx.us. Retrieved on March 20, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Cyndi Krier. utwatch.org. Retrieved on September 17, 2011; material no longer accessible.
  7. Michele Gualano (December 13, 2009). Krier loved to try new things - even motorcycling: Obituary: Her passion for education encouraged both sons to become lawyers. mysanantonio.com. Retrieved on March 20, 2020.
  8. About the Krier Center. Bexar.org. Retrieved on March 20, 2020.

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