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University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Cyndi Taylor Krier Papers, 1956-2002 (bulk 1993-2001)

Series 1. Personal

Descriptive Summary

Creator:Krier, Cyndi Taylor, 1950-
Title:Cyndi Taylor Krier Papers
Dates: 1956-2002
Dates (Bulk): (bulk 1993-2001)
Creator Abstract:Cyndi Taylor Krier represented Bexar County in the Texas Senate for two terms from 1984 through 1992. In 1992, Krier was the first woman and first Republican elected as Bexar County Judge.
Content Abstract:The Cyndi Taylor Krier Papers consist of correspondence, awards, subject files, working files, campaign materials, fundraising materials, photographs, newspaper clippings, telephone and mail logs, speeches, daily schedules and scrapbooks.
Identification:MS 93
Extent:176.4 linear feet (177 Boxes)
Language:Materials are inEnglish.
Repository:University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Cyndi Taylor Krier was born on July 12, 1950 in Beeville, Texas to Robert Stevens Taylor and Mary McGuffin Taylor. Her parents divorced when she was eight years old, and she and her mother moved to Dinero, Texas, where they remained until her grandmother’s death. Krier was an honor student in high school and played basketball, learning teamwork skills that served her in her political career.

In college at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, Krier worked on the Richard Nixon campaign. She transferred to The University of Texas at Austin to major in journalism, and continued her campaign work for Republican candidates. While in Austin, she met her future husband Joseph Krier. After graduating in 1971, Cyndi Krier went to work for the Republican Party of Texas and edited a statewide newsletter, before returning to law school.

During the height of the Watergate scandal in the summer of 1974, Krier served as an intern in the White House. She returned to Texas and graduated in 1975. After graduation she worked for Senator John Tower, and on Gerald Ford’s 1976 election campaign. In April of 1979 she began working for the law firm of Lang, Lado, Green, Coghlan & Fischer, specializing in civil cases. Her commitment to Republican politics remained strong, and she actively recruited women into the political process. She continued her involvement in Republican Party politics, serving as vice-chair of the Bexar County party from 1979 to 1981. She also served on a bipartisan commission to propose legislative reforms for the Texas Election Code and on a Governor’s task force for Women and Minorities.

In 1984 Cyndi Krier filed to run for the Texas 26th Senatorial District. To women in San Antonio, she was the woman candidate who would beat incumbent Senator Bob Vale and bring a woman’s voice to the Texas Senate. Her campaign appealed to women from both the Republican and Democratic parties, and her theme was “A Senator We Can Be Proud Of.” She won the election on November 6, 1984. This was noteworthy because she was the first woman and the first Republican to represent San Antonio in the Texas Senate, and she was the sole woman senator during her initial session. During this session, Krier worked hard for revision of state laws dealing with child abuse and family violence.

In 1988 Krier was elected again and continued her concentration on family violence. In 1992 Republicans encouraged her to run for a judgeship in Bexar County, and as a firm believer in term limits and seeing her diminishing effectiveness in the senate due to elections of a more conservative group of senators, Krier ran and won the position of county judge. She again made history by becoming both the first woman judge in Bexar County history and the first Republican judge in their modern history. The building of a new county jail, child abuse, family violence, and child support remained priority issues for her during her service as judge.

In the summer of 2001 Cyndi Taylor Krier retired as county judge, and on August 28, 2001, she became the vice president for Texas governmental relations for the insurance company USAA. As Vice-President, she is responsible for leading USAA's involvement in legislative and public policy issues in Texas at the State and local levels. Also in 2001, Cyndi Taylor Krier was appointed to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry. Krier served as Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee; a member of the Audit, Compliance, and Management Review Committee; the Finance and Planning Committee; and the Health Affairs Committee and as a Regental representative to the Board for Lease of University Lands which oversees the terms of lease of University lands for oil and gas exploration and development. She served as Co-Chairman of the Task Force on Planning and also led the Accountability, Collaboration, and Deregulation Task Force.

Excerpted from: Cyndi Taylor Krier From Statehouse to Courthouse, Ann Fears Crawford and Crystal Sasse Ragsdale. State House Press, Austin, Texas, 1998, pp. 295-307.

Chronology of events in Cyndi Taylor Krier's life

12 July 1950Born in Beeville, TX
1971graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in journalism
1972-73assistant to Beryl Milburn, vice-chair of Republican Party
1974White House intern during Watergate; worked for Anne Armstrong
1975graduated from University of Texas School of Law
1976worked for President Ford's campaign
1978worked for Senator John Tower's election campaign in Houston
1979begin working at Lang, Lado, Green and Coghlan law firm
1981Governor's Task Force for Women and Minorities; Candidate Recruitment Committee for Bexar County Republican Party
1984elected Senator from the Texas 26th Senatorial District
1988re-elected to Texas State Senate
1992ran for district judgeship in Bexar County
8 December 1992took oath of office as county judge
1993trip to Russia to observe elections
2001retired as Bexar County Judge; began working at USAA; became regent for University of Texas System
2007term as University of Texas regent ended

Scope and Content Note

The Cyndi Taylor Krier Papers, 1956-2002, document the early life and career of a Texan woman in politics. The collection consists of correspondence, awards, subject files, working files, campaign materials, fundraising materials, photographs, newspaper clippings, telephone and mail logs, speeches, daily schedules and scrapbooks reflecting her professional life as a lawyer, Texas State Senator and Bexar County Judge. The materials are arranged in three series: Personal, State Senator, County Judge and Addition of October 2005.

Materials in the Personal series include a brief glimpse into Cyndi Taylor Krier’s family life, her career in politics and the law, and her personal and political interests. The State Senator series (1984-1993) includes materials about Krier’s campaign and fundraising activities and documents that reflect her work as a Senator. The County Judge series (1993-2001) includes materials that reflect Krier’s day-to-day work and those related to her campaign efforts in the race for Bexar County Judge. The Addition of October 2005 consists of Board of Regents records from 2001-2002 on which Cyndi Taylor Krier was a member and newsletters pulled from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections' vertical files that were added to the accession spanning the years 1993-1999.

This collection is housed at UTSA's Hemisfair Campus, though off-site access is also available at UTSA's John Peace Library.


Due to size, this inventory has been divided into 4 separate units which can be accessed by clicking on the following links:
Series 1. Personal [this page]
Series 2. State Senator
Series 3. County Judge
Oversize Materials
Series 4. Addition of October 2005 (Accession 2005-081)


Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Index Terms

Krier, Cyndi Taylor, 1950-
Camp WannameetaGOP
Matthews and Branscomb
Philosophical Society of Texas
Republication Party (Tex.)
Texas. Legislature. Senate.
University of Texas. Board of Regents.
University of Texas at Austin
Campaign funds--United States.
County government--Texas--Bexar County.
Legislators--United States--Biography.
Political campaigns--Texas.
Political candidates--Texas.
Politicians--United States--Texas.
Women--political activity--Texas--Bexar County.
Women in politics--Texas.
Women judges--Texas--Bexar County.
Women lawyers--Texas--Bexar County.
Women legislators--United States.
Women political candidates--United States.
Women politicians--Texas.
Bexar County (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Texas--politics and government--1951-
Logs (records).
Mailing lists.
Political posters.
Press releases.
Promotional materials.
Schedules (time plans).
Local Subjects

Related Material

The Cynthia T. Krier commercials collection is located at the Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Cyndi Taylor Krier Papers, MS 93, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Collections materials were donated by Cyndi Taylor Krier in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2005 (Accessions: 1999-037, 2000-003, 2001-12, 2001-015, 2001-020, 2001-023, 2003-078, 2003-079, 2005-081).

Addition encoded by: Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, May 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by: Gerrianne Schaad, Megan Robida and Staff, September 2005.

Encoded by: Mat Martin, Collections Assistant, April 2007 and Nikki Lynn Thomas, Manuscripts Archivist, October 2007

Detailed Description of the Collection


Materials in the Personal series include a brief glimpse into Cyndi Taylor Krier’s family life, her career in politics and the law, and her personal and political interests.
11Addresses and Guest Appearances
2Awards and Recognition
OM 1, OM3-OM5Oversize: Awards and Recognition: Plaques
13Articles about Krier
OM1Oversize: Article about Krier, Sunday Magazine, San Antonio Express-News, April 26, 1987
47Oversize: Article about Krier, San Antonio Light, 1979
14-5Clippings from scrapbooks, 1989
6-7Clippings from scrapbooks, 1990
8Clippings from scrapbooks, 1991
9Biographical clippings: Other
10Photographs: Black & white
11Photographs: Color
Career materials include newspapers, magazines, and photographs gathered as a White House intern during President Richard Nixon’s administration, a press release and newspaper clippings from her work as an assistant to Senator John Tower (1978); and correspondence and subject files from her work as a lawyer for Matthews & Branscomb.
13Texas Association of Counties (TAC): Contract research, 1972-1988
14Texas constitution revision, 1973
Washington, D.C.
15Background information
17Time Magazine, May – July 1974
18Time Magazine, July – August 1974, May 1994
19Magazines, 1974, 1994
OM1Oversize: Newspapers, August 1974
120Nixon White House recordings, 1974
Office of Senator John Tower
21Senator John Tower: Announcement
22Tower County chairman directory, 1978
23John Tower letters to the editor, 1978
21John Tower news clippings, 1978
2Lang, Cross, Ladon, Boldrick & Green, 1979-1985
Matthews & Branscomb
Subject Files
6Acosta, David
7Adkisson, Tommy, Bexar County
8Ahrens, Amy: Résumé
9Alamo City RWC
11Alcoa composites
12Alexander and Alexander: Correspondence
13Alternative dispute resolution
14Alternative fuels / School buses
15Americans with Disabilities Act
16Anderson Advertising: WCAA computer
17Apartment contract / Westgate
18Applewhite letters, 1991
19Armstrong, Anne
20"B’s" People
21Baird, Ray, M.D.: Recommendation
22Banker, Barbara
23Barrera, Roy, Jr.
24Bartholomew, Janet Johnson
Bexar County
26Blacks, October 10, 1991
27Boards & commissions: Expirations
29Courts at Law, February 5, 1992
30Bexar Electric Co., Inc.: TEC
31GOP Vice Chair
33Historical Commission, January 13, 1992
34Ideas, January 7, 1992
35Legislative delegation
36Medical Society Auxiliary
37Newspaper clippings
38Notes & miscellaneous
42Biar, Andrew
43Bielstein, Walter
44Birthday donation to SA Public Library, opened 1990
45Bock, Bennie
47Borofsky, Cliff
48Brady Smuls, Walter: Ruempel son-in-law
49The Bugsby papers
50Bulk mail information
51Bullock, Bob, Lt Governor
52VP Bush, North Carolina, February 9, 1988
53Bush remarks re: Earth Summit
55Campaign products
57Cancer: Health parks: Block, Richard
58Canyon Regional Water Authority
59Canyon Regional Water Authority
60Capitol visits
61Catto, W.
62 Cellular phone information
63Cemetery: State of TX burial spaces
64Census 1990: Dallas Morning News
65Check request: Annette
66Check request: Kizziar
69Citizens’ Committee on Water
70City of SA: Consolidation of water entities
71Clements file: Governor’s race
31Clements luncheon, August 12, 1987
2Client review
3Cockrell, Lila
4Computer codes
5Computer input form
6Congressional races, 1992
7Connolly, T.J.
8Constitutional amendments, 1990
9Constitutional amendments, 1991
10Col. Gil Coronado, retired
11Cornyn, John
14Davis, Carolyn, C., re: county judge applicant, 1992
15Deffenbauch, Berman E., Jr.
16De la Garza, John: not from Dallas
17Dersh, Laura: Recommendation
18District office
19Drug summit: Letter
22Academic decathlon: Correspondence re: National meeting, April 1988
23Academic decathlon, 1990
24Primary and secondary: Academic decathlon: Regional meeting, January 30, 1988
25Primary and secondary: Academic decathlon: Regional meeting, 1987
26Primary and secondary: Academic decathlon: Regional and state meeting, 1986
27Education summary, 1990
28Elliot, Joe
29Emb, Mr. Duke
30Ernst, Elissa: Senate msgr
32Falbo, Brian
33Family law
34Family violence: 69th legislation
35Farris, Stephanie: Résumé
36Federal district court
37Federal judges
38Flavor of San Antonio
39Floyd, Gloria, “Jo”, Dr.
40Folklife Festival fundraiser, 1992
41Futterer, Bobbi
42Gangs: School security
43Girls’ Night Out list
44Goerges, Kourtney
45Gonzales, Henry B., # 1
46Gov press conf info: Re: educ special session
48Harris, Brad (State rep race)
49Harrison, Burt “Bubba”, Jr.: Recommendation
50Harry Jersig Center, 1981
51Hartman, Mary
52Heard, David
53Heard, Oliver
54Heath, Ellen
55Hernandez, Juanita
56Hobby, Bill
57Holiday fantasy
41Horse racing
4Howe, Dr.
5Hugie, Karen
7Hutchins, Karen
8Hutchison, Karen: Introduction
9Kerr, Genevieve
11Imagineer awards (Selection)
13Johnson, B.K.
14Jones, James Adams
15Judson, Jeffrey
16Junior college
17Job recommendations: Houston Karitas, 1991
18Senator Johnson
21Kearns, David re: SA Human Resources Management Assoc.
22Martin Luther King Day, 1992
23Kirkwood, Priscilla
24Kizziar, Jim
25Kizziar, Renee: Rec
26KLRN (Alamo Public Telecommunications Council), 1992
27Krier, Joseph R.: Biography info
28Krier, Joseph R.: Chamber of Commerce
29Senator Krier labels
31Labor law seminar, October 25, 1991
32Lady Longhorn career program
33Lange, Heidi: Résumé
34Lang, Ladon, etc. (previously Lang, Cross, etc)
35Leasing companies
36Lee, Amy Freeman
37Legislative phone numbers & addresses
3871st legislature: Thank you notes
39Lewis, Ronald C.: Résumé
40San Antonio Public Library
41San Antonio Public Library
42Limited liability companies
43Lobby list (rev. June, 1992)
44Loeffler, Tom
45Loftus, William
46Lt Governor’s crime program
47Lunz, Jim
49McDermott, Robert F., USAA
50McDonald Observatory telescope
51McMurrey, Beverly
52McNeeley column
54Macon, Jane
55Management study: Ray Assoc., Inc., 1988-89
56Manges, Cindy
57Marion, Sandee Bryan
58Marth, Jennifer: Résumé
59Massie, Dinah
60Matthews & Branscomb
61Mattox, Jim
62Members: Senate / House
63Meroney, Martha A.
64Messengers / Tour guides
65Meyer, Vaughan B.
66Milauski, Christie Nemec
67 Millsap, Sam
68Mincberg, Cathy
69Montgomery, Marilyn
70Moore, Deborah
71Miller, Morris A.
72Morse, Tracy: Senate msgr
73Morton, Cliff: Today’s Woman Home
74Mosbacher, Rob
76SA Coalition of Neighborhood Associations
77City of San Antonio: Neighborhood association listing
78Big Country
79Camelot neighborhood association
80The Cattleman Square assoc.
81Citizens’ League of Elmendorf Area neighborhoods (CLEAN)
82 Gov. Hill neighborhood assoc.
83 Great North West
84 High Country
85 Inglewood – Riverside – Knox Community Group
86 Jefferson neighborhood assoc.
87 Oak Park / Northwood neighborhood assoc.
88 St Paul Square
89 People active in community efforts
90 Shearer Hills
91 Shenandoah Homes Assoc.
92 Southwest concerned citizen’s assoc.
93 Sunny Slopes
51 Thelma Area
2 United Homeowners’ Improvement Association
3 United Neighborhood Association
4 Villa Hermosa
5Willow Oak / Coliseum Park neighborhood assoc.
6Newsletter, 1987
7Newsletter: Draft, spring, 1991
8Newsletters: Miscellaneous Camp
9Nixon, Richard M., 1986
10Noak, Donna: Résumé
11No response to contributions
12Northeast ISD community education
13Nowlin, James, 1980-81
15The Oakes Club
16Offers, 1991
17Olympic festival
18O’Neill, James
20Paesano, Dominick: Job search
21Patlan, Junan: Info re: son’s case
22Patrick, K.T.
23Pawel, Tom re: Morrison-Knudsen permit case
24Peeples, David
26Pink Elephant Ball
27Police office photos
28Political convention task force
29Political – Keep for Dawn Bump
32Press releases
33Public school finance reform summary, June 1990, by Krier
36Raab adoption
37Railroad commission
38Ramirez, Bambi Cardenaz
39Rath, Diane
40Recipes / Krier
41Reed, Susan
42Republican Leadership Council
43Republican Men’s Club of Bexar County
44Reference Letters
46Rylander, Carole
48Salary increases
49Sam’s Wholesale Club / Cyndi
50San Antonio Bar Association
51San Antonio Chamber vs. Valdez
52San Antonio Festival
53San Antonio Kids’ Day, January 5, 1991
54Santikos, John
55Schaeffer, Herb
56Schoolcraft, Alan
58Senate committees
59Senate parliamentary committee
60Senate staff list
64Shipley, Jeanna
66Small harbors
67Stair, Susan
68Steed, Chris
69Strobl, Greg
70Stuman, JW
71Taylor, Sherry
72Turner, James E.
74UT Law School Class of 1975, 15th reunion, April 6-8, 1990
61UTSA: Eng doctoral degree
2UTSA: Eng & Bioscience letters
3UTSA: Summit meeting
4United Suburban Cities
5University round table, 1992
6Untermeyer, Chase, December 1988
7Untermeyer, Chase: Fax / Résumé
8Uptain, Mary: Résumé
9US Long Distance Corp
10US Olympic Festival, 1993
11US Olympic Festival volunteer forms, 1993
14Vera, Yolanda
16VIA: Lewis Tarver memos
17Vista Republican Women’s Club
18Voting record
20Wallace, Maria Drks
21Wand / Women’s Legislation Lobby, WLL, 1990
22Water contact list, 1992
23Wender, Marty
24Wells, Cathy Clegg
25Wentworth, Jeff
26Wentworth, Jeff, FEC
27-28Wentworth, Jeff, non-FEC
29White, Bill
30White, Mark
31White House fellowships, 1989
32White House representatives
34Woods, George / Krier of rec.
35Women in Communications, April 24, 1992
36Wood, Gary
37Allison Wood Designs
38Worker’s compensation: Letters of Thanks to Krier from various people, January 1990
39Worker’s comp newsletter, 1989
40Worker’s comp: Speeches, memos, legislation
42Zaffirini, Judith: Democratic nominees Texas Senate, Distr. 21
Other positions
43Krier for comptroller, 1990
44UT system Board of Regents: Correspondence, April 2001
Krier’s education is documented through materials from high school and college. Of note here are campaign materials that demonstrate her penchant for politics in her bid for student body president (high school) and copies of newspaper articles she wrote as a college student at the University of Texas in Austin.
45Elementary school photos
46High school
47Oversize: Campaign posters for student body vice-president and president, 1966-1967
48University of Texas: Ephemera
49University of Texas: News clippings
50University of Texas at Austin - Texas exes
Family and friends
This series reflects the closeness of the Taylor family through correspondence between Krier and her mother, Mary Taylor (1968-1999), and with other family members: her aunt, her father, and her grandmother. This series also includes some materials related to her husband, Joe Krier, including information about his campaign for 224th District Court Judge (1981) and the Krier family.
Joe Krier
51Campaign: Clippings, 1981-82
52Campaign: Printed materials
OM2Oversize: Campaign: Scrapbook, 1981-1982
653Joe Krier & Krier: Photographs
54Ephemera, February 8, 1970 – September 27, 1999, undated
55Krier family
Christine T. Mussett (Aunt “Keen”)
56Correspondence to Christine T. Mussett, September 16, 1941 – November 30, 1979
57Correspondence to Christine T. Mussett, January 1, 1980 – February 12, 1994
71Correspondence to Christine T. Mussett (Aunt “Keen”), undated
2Letters from Krier to grandmother, March 23, 1978 - October 3, 1979
Mary Taylor (mother)
3-10Mail to Mary Taylor (mother), June 20, 1968 – September 20, 1999, undated
11-15To Krier from mother, April 27, 1970 – October 14, 1981, undated
16Mother’s incident, December 15, 1986 – April 30, 1990, undated
8Taylor, R. S. (Krier’s father)
1-2Mail to and from Cyndi’s father, July 12, 1975 – 1978, undated
3Various, February 24, 1970 – April 30, 1991, undated
4Christmas Cards and Notes
5 Genealogy, April 1956 – August 3, 1988
Other personal documents
6Family pet Snoopy
7Family recipes
Personal and political interests
Camp WannameetaGOP materials (1979-1989) reflect her long standing interest in the Republican Party, and her efforts to organize an informal and fun gathering of Republicans in Texas. Camp materials include a scrapbook, photographs, questionnaires, camp arrangements, and notes about organizing the event. Also included is information regarding her involvement with the Philosophical Society of Texas (1999-2001), her work on a presidential search committee for the University of Texas, and a trip to Russia as an observer of democratic elections (1993-1994).
9Articles by Krier
10Article for Officer Review, 1995
11Article for North San Antonio Times, 1995
12Bexar County Republican Women
13President George Bush (notes), 1991-92
Camp Wannameetagop
OM2Oversize: Photo album, 1979-1983
151979 – Photos
161979 – Audio
181980 – Photos
191981 – Summer
201981 – Spring
221982 – Photos
241983 – Photos
25Washington – Planning, undated
281986 – Photos
32Arrangements, undated
33Campers’ lists, undated
34Questionnaire, undated
35Invitations, undated
36 T-shirts, undated
37First Tuesday meetings
38Liability: The Legal Revolution and its Consequences, Peter Haber, autographed by the author, 1988
39National/Texas Federation of Republican Women
91Philosophical Society of Texas, 1990-2000
OM1Philosophical Society of Texas, membership certificate, 1990
92Pink Elephant Ball
3"Printout" Newsletter
4Reagan administration
Russia trip
5Background information, November 3, 1993
6Briefing, November 29, 1993
7Krier Delegate Information
8Krier notes, undated
9Election day checklists
10Election observation report, December 12, 1993 – January 27, 1994
11Exit poll questions, undated
12IRI, summer 1993 – January 24, 1994, undated
13IRI survey, summer 1993 – January 24, 1994
14Itineraries, undated
15Media coverage, January 7, 1994 – Spring 1994
16Media relations, undated
OM1Oversize: Memorabilia: Poster
19San Antonio Bar Association
20University of Texas – Austin, Presidential Search
21University of Texas – Austin, Presidential Selection Committee
22University of Texas – Austin, Presidential Selection Committee
23Corporate Child Development Fund
United Way
24 Community Resource Group / Community Assistance Division, 1989-1990
25-26 Executive Committee, 1989-1990
27 Volunteerism, 1989-1990
28 Volunteer of the Year, 1990
101-3 Executive Committee, 1991
4 Matthews & Branscomb, 1990-1991
5-7 Executive Committee, 1992
8 Meeting, Valero, December 2, 1993
9 Executive Committee, 1993
10-12 Executive Committee, 1994
13-14 Needs Assessment Collaborative, 1994-1995
15 Executive committee, United Way Offices, 1994-1995
16 Day of Caring, 1996
17 Referral Agent Quarterly Lunches, 1996
18 General, 1996-1997
19 Emergency food & shelter program, 1996-1998
20 Campaign, 1997-1998
21 Women’s Leadership Council, 1999

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