John Cyrier (Incumbent)
John Cyrier represents District 17 in the Texas House of Representatives. He is Chairman of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which reviews state agencies to make government more effective and efficient. He also chairs the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, & Tourism, which has jurisdiction over state parks, wildlife preservation, the fishing industry and historical sites.
John helped pass HB 3, a school finance package that raised teacher salaries, and increased funding for our education system and the state’s contribution to the Teacher Retirement System. Recognized as a strong voice for public education, the Texas State Teachers Association has endorsed his campaign for re-election.
John led the effort to place a constitutional amendment on the 2019 ballot that dedicated the existing sporting goods sales tax to our state parks and historic sites. Proposition 5 passed with 88% of the statewide vote and will now secure reliable funding for our parks and historical sites.
John was a County Commissioner and Judge Pro Tem in Caldwell County, where he worked to improve transportation and promote economic development. John was a founding board member of the Lockhart ISD Education Foundation, and was a board member of the Central Texas Food Bank and Caritas of Austin. John is an active member of his district’s Chambers of Commerce and Education Foundations.
John and his wife, Rachelle, live on their ranch outside Lockhart, and are members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He is a licensed pilot, and you can often see him overhead in the cockpit of his vintage 1941 Stearman Biplane. John is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he served as Commander of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. He is a proud Eagle Scout, and serves as a Captain in the Texas State Guard.
Madeline Eden is the 2020 Democratic candidate for the Texas State House of Representatives in District 17 (serving: Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee, Gonzales, and Karnes counties). Madi has lived with her family in Bastrop County for over a decade. She’s an active volunteer, community organizer, and full-time advocate for voting and civil rights. She’s the current Chair of the Bastrop County Stonewall Democrats, and is well known for her work with Register2Vote.org, a Texas based non-profit organization she co-founded in early 2018. Her open-source technology and tools have helped to register over a million voters nationwide, and the Register2Vote system she developed is considered the “closest thing to online voter registration in the state of Texas”.