Texas Legislative Committee Assignments For 113th

Rep. Burkett, Cindy

District 113


Capitol Address:

Room GN.10

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0464

District Address:

3200 Broadway Street, #240

Garland, Texas 75043

(972) 278-7276

Bills Authored/Sponsored 85th Legislature:


Counties Represented:

Dallas (part)



Cindy Burkett was first elected in 2010 to represent House District 101 in the Texas House of Representatives. House District 101 consisted of Balch Springs, Mesquite, and Sunnyvale. After redistricting in 2011, Cindy Burkett was elected for a second term, this time representing House District 113. Currently, Representative Burkett is serving her fourth term in the House, representing parts of Balch Springs, Combine, Dallas, Garland, Mesquite, Rowlett, Seagoville, and all of Sunnyvale.

Representative Burkett was elected as Vice Chair of the Texas House Republican Caucus by her Republican colleagues for each of the 83rd, 84th and 85th Legislative Sessions. During her tenure in the House, Rep. Burkett's committee assignments have included Criminal Jurisprudence, Elections, Investments and Financial Services, Transportation, Local and Consent Calendars, and the Select Committee on Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility. Currently her committee appointments include Chair of Redistricting, Local & Consent Calendar, Public Health and Transportation.

In 2014, House Speaker Joe Straus appointed Rep. Burkett to a 4 year term on the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. This is a Joint Committee comprised of 5 members from both the House and Senate and two public members intended to review the efficiency and efficacy of our state agencies. In this role, Rep. Burkett has reviewed agencies ranging from the Department of Family & Protective Services to the Veterinarian Board to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Representative Burkett is very active in and dedicated to the district she represents. She has worked on legislation to encourage job growth in the state, to advocate for the mentally ill and their families, to protect the unborn and to maintain the integrity of our voting system.

Representative Burkett is a commercial real estate agent in the north Texas area. She has a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she graduated in 2004, while maintaining a full time job. She also has an Associate's Degree in Business from Eastfield College and Mediation Certification from the University of North Texas. In the past, she sat on the Mesquite Board of Adjustments and on the Board of Keep Mesquite Beautiful. She is an active member of Mimosa Lane Baptist Church. Cindy married her high school sweetheart, Air Force veteran Mike Burkett, 40 years ago. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Cindy Burkett fue elegida por primera vez en el 2010 para representar al Distrito 101 en la Cámara de Representantes de Texas. El Distrito 101 de la Cámara estaba compuesto por Balch Springs, Mesquite y Sunnyvale. Luego de la redistribución de distritos en 2011, Cindy Burkett fue elegida para un segundo mandato, esta vez para representar al Distrito 113. Actualmente, la Representante Burkett cumple su cuarto mandato en la Cámara y representa a Sunnyvale y a partes de Balch Springs, Combine, Dallas, Garland, Mesquite, Rowlett, Seagoville.

La Representante Burkett fue elegida vicepresidenta del Bloque Republicano de la Cámara de Representantes de Texas por sus colegas republicanos para las sesiones nro. 83, 84 y 85. Durante su mandato en la Cámara, la Representante Burkett fue asignada a diversos comités, incluidos los de Jurisprudencia Penal, Elecciones, Inversiones y Servicios Financieros, Transporte, Calendarios Locales y de Consentimiento, y el Comité Selecto sobre Federalismo y Responsabilidad Fiscal. Sus designaciones para comités actuales incluyen presidenta de Redistribución de Distritos, Calendario de Consentimiento y Local, Salud Pública y Transporte.

En 2014, el presidente de la Cámara, Joe Straus, nombró a la Representante Burkett para un mandato de cuatro años en la Comisión Asesora Sunset Texas. Esta es una Comisión mixta, compuesta por cinco miembros de la Cámara y el Senado y dos miembros del público, destinada a revisar la eficiencia y la eficacia de nuestras agencias estatales. En esa función, la Rep. Burkett revisa organismos que incluyen el Departamento de Servicios para la Familia y de Protección, el Consejo Veterinario y el Departamento de Transporte de Texas.

Burkett es muy activa y consagrada al distrito que representa. Ha trabajado en legislación para fomentar el incremento del empleo en el estado, para abogar por los enfermos mentales y sus familias, para proteger a los no nacidos y para mantener la integridad de nuestro sistema de votación.

La Representante Burkett es agente comercial inmobiliaria en la zona norte de Texas. Obtuvo una licenciatura en Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad de Texas en Arlington en el 2004, mientras mantenía un trabajo a tiempo completo. También recibió un grado de Asociado en Negocios de Eastfield College y la Certificación de Mediación de la Universidad del Norte de Texas. En el pasado, participó en la Junta de Ajustes de Mesquite y en la Junta para Mantener Mesquite Hermosa. Es un miembro activo de la Iglesia Bautista de Mimosa Lane. Cindy se casó con su novio de la preparatoria y veterano de la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos, Mike Burkett, hace 40 años. Tienen tres hijos y cuatro nietos.

Member Press Releases

  • January

  • 01/31/2017

    Rep. Burkett Files Bill Banning Partial-Birth Abortion & the Sale of Fetal Tissue

    by: Rep. Burkett, Cindy
  • 01/17/2017

    Rep. Burkett Files Bill to Remove Fee-Setting Authority from Unelected Bureaucrats

    by: Rep. Burkett, Cindy
  • February

  • 02/05/2015


    by: Rep. Burkett, Cindy
  • January

  • 01/17/2014

    Burkett Appointed to Texas Sunset Advisory Commission

    by: Rep. Burkett, Cindy
  • October

  • 10/24/2013

    Legislative Performance Nets Awards for Burkett

    by: Rep. Burkett, Cindy
  • September

  • 09/24/2013


    by: Rep. Burkett, Cindy
  • 09/24/2013

    Representative Burkett Reminds Voters that Photo ID is required for November 5 Election

    by: Rep. Burkett, Cindy
  • July

  • 07/31/2013

    Burkett Appointed to Select Committee on Transportation Funding

    by: Rep. Burkett, Cindy
  • 07/25/2013

    Rep. Cindy Burkett to Participate in Three Town Hall Meetings

    by: Rep. Burkett, Cindy
  • June

  • 06/06/2013

    Burkett Files Women's Safety Bill

    by: Rep. Burkett, Cindy


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Cruz.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cruz is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Cruz has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Ted Cruz sits on the following committees:

  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Chair, Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
    • Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
    • Member, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
  • Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • Joint Economic Committee
  • Senate Committee on Armed Services
  • Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

Enacted Legislation

Cruz was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cruz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (33%)Immigration (16%)Government Operations and Politics (14%)Health (11%)Taxation (9%)Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)Science, Technology, Communications (5%)Armed Forces and National Security (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Cruz’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cruz’s VoteVote Description
Yea H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed 65/34.
This vote turned H.R 22, originally the Hire More Heroes Act, into the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647), a major bipartisan transportation bill, and the Export-Import Bank Reform and ...
Nay S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Jul 16, 2015. Bill Passed 81/17.
The Every Child Achieves Act is a bipartisan educational policy reform bill that would expand state responsibility over schools, provide grants to charter schools, and reduce the federal test-based accountability system of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The bill was referred to the ...
Yea H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Nay H.R. 3979 (113th): Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
Dec 12, 2014. Motion Agreed to 89/11.
This bill became, most recently, the vehicle for the passage of the defense authorization (spending) bill for fiscal year 2015. The bill was originally introduced by Rep. Lou Barletta as the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. It was passed by the House in ...
Nay H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay H.R. 4302 (113th): Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
Mar 31, 2014. Bill Passed 64/35.
Section 212 of this bill pushed back the deadline to implement the ICD-10 code set to October 1, 2015. The Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013, which would prevent ICD-10 from being implemented at all without further Congressional approval, has been introduced in House and ...
Nay H.R. 3304 (113th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014
Dec 19, 2013. Motion Agreed to 84/15.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Mar 2018, Cruz missed 218 of 1,533 roll call votes, which is 14.2%. This is much worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

Show the numbers...

Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2013 Jan-Mar9211.1%62nd
2013 Apr-Jun7611.3%36th
2013 Jul-Sep4312.3%73rd
2013 Oct-Dec801316.3%95th
2014 Jan-Mar9300.0%0th
2014 Apr-Jun1231411.4%90th
2014 Jul-Sep5411.9%61st
2014 Nov-Dec961313.5%93rd
2015 Jan-Mar1352115.6%98th
2015 Apr-Jun853237.6%99th
2015 Jul-Sep52713.5%91st
2015 Oct-Dec672029.9%97th
2016 Jan-Mar383694.7%98th
2016 Apr-Jun794455.7%98th
2016 Jul-Sep3412.9%61st
2016 Nov-Dec1218.3%90th
2017 Jan-Mar10133.0%86th
2017 Apr-Jun5411.9%62nd
2017 Jul-Sep5300.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec11732.6%79th
2018 Jan-Mar49510.2%92nd

Primary Sources

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Ted Cruz is pronounced:

ted // krooz

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