Cindy Burkett married her high school sweetheart, Mike, just before he joined the Air Force. While Mike served, Cindy went to work at a local law firm – the best job she could find without a college degree. Together, they scraped dimes to raise their three kids and put Mike through college. Raising a family is how Cindy learned to be fiscally responsible.

“When people rely on you, you’ve got to be tough for them and give them every opportunity you can.”


Cindy always wanted a college degree – so at the age of 37, with Mike’s job doing well and their kids approaching high school, Cindy started night school and continued to work her full time job. Eight years later, Cindy graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a 4.0 GPA and degrees in political science and business – and she quickly put them to work.

“Times got tough, and I learned that if you don’t quit, you will achieve your goals.”


Cindy became co-owner of Highline Enterprises, a company that owned and operated several Subway franchises. With each new location, Cindy was the first one to open up and last one to close. Be it managing payroll and negotiating leases, or preparing the food and cleaning the floors, Cindy did what it took to be successful. She learned just how difficult creating jobs and making payroll is when government taxes and regulation get in the way.

Today, Cindy is a successful commercial and residential realtor, helping families and small businesses find a place to thrive.

“The simple truth: small businesses create jobs, not the government.”


Convinced she could make a difference, Cindy ran for State Representative to strengthen our schools, lower our taxes, and fight for the American values she lived throughout her life. The people entrusted her with their voice, and since then, Cindy has served us faithfully in Austin – keeping every promise she made.

As our state representative, Cindy balanced the state budget, built and repaired our crucial roads and infrastructure, cut a total of $5 billion in taxes for hard-working Texans, and helped make Texas the best place in the country for job creation. Cindy was so successful she was even recognized as a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by The Texas Association of Business.

Having grown up with two brothers with mental disabilities, Cindy became one of the state’s
most determined leaders on mental health, passing reforms affecting more than 630,000 Texans living with a mental illness.

For her keen ability to root out government waste, Cindy was appointed to the Texas Sunset Commission, the body responsible for eliminating duplication and inefficiency across all 130 Texas state agencies. And CLEAT named Cindy “Freshman of the Year” for her ardent support for law enforcement.

“I like to be the person people think of when they think ‘I want to get something done.’”


Today, Cindy continues to serve us in Austin, while working as a real estate agent here in North Texas. She and her husband of 40 years, Mike, are active members of Mimosa Lane Baptist Church, where they have worshipped for the last 24 years. From her life and actions, we know we can count on Cindy to keep fighting for our values. Cindy will never quit fighting.

“My job is to listen and ensure that every hard-working Texan has the opportunity to achieve their American Dream.”