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.