Myra Crownover is a fiscal conservative who believes strongly in the principles of limited government and family values. A former public school teacher, Representative Crownover is currently involved in the banking and energy industries. She was raised in Colorado City, Texas, where she graduated from Colorado High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in education from Southern Methodist University and her Master's degree from Texas A&M University. In 1970, Myra married Ronny Crownover, DVM. They celebrated their 30th anniversary before his death in March of 2000. Representative Crownover has four children and five grandchildren.
Myra has been recognized several times over for her fiscally conservative, pro-business stance on issues affecting both the Denton area as well as the State of Texas. She has been recognized for the last three legislative sessions as a "Champion for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business (their highest honor for an elected official) and was recently named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition. In 2009, she was presented with the “Taxpayers Champion” award by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and named "Guardian of the Rainy Day Fund" by the Republican Caucus.
Representative Crownover is widely recognized for her commitment to family values. In 2005, she was able to pass legislation expanding the number of genetic disorders newborn Texans are screened for from 7 to 29. That year the March of Dimes named her a “Advocate of the Year” for her work on behalf of Texas newborns. Since that time, over 500 Texas children and their families have been given a new lease on life due to the early detection of otherwise debilitating and often fatal disorders.
Representative Crownover has an impeccable pro-life voting record and has been endorsed by the Texas Alliance for Life and the Heidi Group for her work on pro-life issues. One of the greatest current threats to the unborn is secondhand smoke and Representative Crownover continues to fight hard for a ban on smoking in the workplace so that Texas moms do not have to choose between their paycheck and the health of their unborn children.
Representative Crownover is committed to protecting every citizens’ right to bear arms. She maintains an “A” rating and has been endorsed by both the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association.
In 2011, Representative Crownover was appointed to the Appropriations Committee and Vice-Chair of the Energy Resources Committee. Additionally, she served as the Vice-Chair of the House Republican Caucus.
At the end of the 2011 Session Representative Crownover was asked to serve on the Conference Committee on the Budget. Only five members of the House and five members of the Senate are appointed to this committee and the appointment is recognition for her expertise and years of hard work on the Texas budget. The work of the Conference Committee balanced the Texas budget without raising taxes and cut over $15 Billion in government spending.