+ − Upcoming Hearings (3)
April 19, 2021 at 10:30am CDT
April 19, 2021 at 10:00am CDT
Committee:Culture, Recreation and Tourism
+ − Contact Information
Phone: (512) 463-0602
Fax: (512) 480-0391
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
+ − Biography
John Kuempel was sworn in on December 30, 2010 to the 81st Legislature and is serving his second term as State Representative from District 44. The district is comprised of Guadalupe and Wilson Counties.
John received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He was born and raised in Seguin and graduated from Seguin High School. He was active in high school sports, playing football and baseball before becoming a walk-on member of the University of Texas football team.
Since his college graduation, John has been employed as a Salesman at Commercial Metals Company in Seguin.
Rep. Kuempel currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee and as a member of the Calendars Committee. He is also a member of the Cultural, Recreational and Tourism Committee and the Administration Committee. During the 83rd Legislative Interim, Speaker Straus appointed Representative Kuempel as Co-Chairman of the Legislative Committee to Review the Texas Lottery Commission, whose purpose is to study charitable bingo and the distribution of the revenue that such bingo generates and the potential impact of eliminating the state lottery.
In June 2011, Speaker Straus appointed John to serve on the Energy Council, a non-profit organization that helps promote a balanced national energy strategy and related environmental policies at the state level. Upon completion of the 82nd legislative session, Representative Kuempel was honored with the 2011 Legislative Champion Award given by the Foundation Appraisers Coalition of Texas for his tireless efforts in reforming Appraisal Management Companies in Texas and authoring legislation to protect appraisers and consumers in the state.
Like his parents, the late Edmund Kuempel and Roberta Blumberg Kuempel of Seguin, John is actively involved in his community. He is a member of the Seguin Rotary Club, the Guadalupe Valley Medical Center Capital Campaign Committee, the Guadalupe County 100 Club, the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center Board of Directors, and the Texas Farm Bureau.
John is an avid outdoorsman and serves as a Texas Parks & Wildlife Honorary Game Warden. He is also a member of the National Rifle Association.
John and his wife, Michelle, are parents of twin boys. They are active members of Faith Lutheran Church in Seguin where Michelle, a former librarian, teaches Sunday School.
The couple supports several local charitable entities such as Guadalupe Regional Hospice, Seguin Education Foundation, Pitching for Pups (Seguin Police Dept. K-9 Fundraiser), Tejas Literacy Club, and the Texas Agriculture Education and Heritage Center. In addition to his other activities, John has found time to coach his sons' Little League baseball team.