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University of Texas San Antonio

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

Oversize Materials

Descriptive Summary

Creator:Krier, Cyndi Taylor
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 four series: Personal, State Senator, County Judge andAddition 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 (1975-1993) 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
Series 2. State Senator
Series 3. County Judge
Oversize Materials [this page]
Series 4. Addition of October 2005 (Accession 2005-081) [this page]


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).

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

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

Detailed Description of the Collection

Oversize materials

Personal series
Awards and Recognition
OM3-OM5Awards and Recognition: Plaques
OM1 Article about Krier, Sunday Magazine, San Antonio Express-News, April 26, 1987
47 Article about Krier, San Antonio Light, 1979
Washington, DC
OM1 Newspapers, August 1974
Family and friends
Joe Krier
OM2 Campaign: Scrapbook, 1981-1982
Personal and political interests
Camp Wannameetagop
OM2 Photo album, 1979-1983
Russia trip
OM1Memorabilia: Poster
State Senator series
Campaign 1984
47Campaign Mock-up Materials, undated
OM1News clippings, 1984
47Krier vs. Vale, Opponent information graphs, re: fundraising and absenteeism
Office Administrative Files
OM1Assorted color photographs
Assorted black and white photographs
County Judge
Campaign 1992
47Candidate comparison posters, Krier vs. Adkisson, undated

Addition of October 2005 (Accession 2005-081)

1 1 UT Academic Affairs Retreat - Port Aransas, April 16-17, 2002
2 UT Board of Regents Committee, April 1-2, 2002
3 Materials for UT Board of Regents meeting, February 13-14, 2002
4 UT Board of Regents, January 9, 2002
5 UT Board of Regents, December 18, 2001
6 UT System Board of Regents Task Force on Accountability, Collaboration and Deregulation, 2001
7-8 UT Academic Affairs Committee meeting, January 2002
9 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Seminar For New Regents, November 27, 2001
10 UT Board of Regents Backup For Tyler, November 7-8, 2001
11 Agenda Book of the Board of Regents meeting number 945, November 7-8, 2001
12 UT Board of Regents Committee meeting, October 2001
2 1-2 UT Board of Regents Committee meeting, October 2001
3 UT Board of Regents meeting (Arlington), August 8-9, 2001
4 A Continuing Commitment Access and Opportunity in The University of Texas System, undated
5 Materials Supporting the Board of Regents, meeting number 943 (Arlington, Texas), August 8-9, 2001
6 Board of Regents - financial, 2001-2002
8-9 Board of Regents, 2001
10 UT Board of Regents Committee meeting (Austin), July 2001
11 UT Board of Regents meeting, June 27, 2001
12 UT Board of Regents meeting, April 30, 2001
13 Chancellor's Docket Number 105, 2001
14 UT meeting of Board of Regents, May 2001
15 UT Board of Regents committee meeting agenda, April 10, 2001
16 Special called meeting UT Board of Regents, December 12, 2002
17 UT Board of Regents Special Board meeting and UTB/TSC partnership meeting, December 13, 2002
3 1-3 Agenda Book of the Board of Regents meeting number 958, November 12-13, 2002
4 UT Board of Regents meetings, October 1-2, 2002
5 UT Board of Regents meeting, September 21, 2002
6 UT Board of Regents meeting (El Paso), August 7-8, 2002
7 UT Board of Regents meeting (Austin, Texas), May 8-9, 2002
8Elephant Prints, The Bright Sawl and Today newsletters, 1993-1999

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