About Judge Paul Pape

Paul Pape has served as Bastrop County Judge since 2012 and is currently Chairman of the Capital Area Council of Governments, which is responsible for supporting and improving core services like emergency communications, homeland security, and law enforcement training.  Paul and his wife, Barb, live on their ranch in McDade and have been residents of Bastrop County since 1983. They have been married 50 years and have three children and six grandchildren.

The son of a farmer and minister, Paul was raised understanding the importance of faith and hard work. He held onto these principles throughout his personal and professional life. Paul became an ordained minister and was called to minister at several churches throughout the country. The Papes are members of Bastrop Christian Church, where Barb sings in the choir and Paul serves as an elder, occasionally filling in when the minister is away.

Paul is a graduate of West Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Following a decade of ministry, he and Barb settled in Bastrop to raise their family, where Paul eventually opened a real estate brokerage. Paul served as President of the Board of Realtors where he successfully led efforts to fend off the City of Austin’s aggressive annexation plans into Bastrop County, and defend property rights and local control of Bastrop families from big government regulation and overreach.

Paul and Barb invested in a small RV park in Bastrop in the 1980s. They successfully managed and grew the small park into a large business, eventually selling it after 37 years. While managing the family business, Paul also took a job with the Lower Colorado River Authority, where he became manager of its water and wastewater utilities. With his deep understanding of water policy, Paul has been a consistent defender of the area’s water resources and private property rights.

During his tenure as county judge, Bastrop County has experienced the aftermath of six federally-declared natural disasters, including devastating flooding and the most destructive wildfire in Texas history. Paul has led major response and recovery efforts to make our communities safer and more resilient all while working to grow our local economy, preserve our quality of life, increase funding for law enforcement by 55%, and develop nine fiscally conservative county budgets. 

Paul Pape is a lifetime member of the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association. He is also a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, the Texas & Southwestern Cattleraisers Association, and the Smithville Lions Club.

About Judge Paul Pape

Paul Pape has served as Bastrop County Judge since 2012 and is currently Chairman of the Capital Area Council of Governments, which is responsible for supporting and improving core services like emergency communications, homeland security, and law enforcement training.  Paul and his wife, Barb, live on their ranch in McDade and have been residents of Bastrop County since 1983. They have been married 50 years and have three children and six grandchildren.

The son of a farmer and minister, Paul was raised understanding the importance of faith and hard work. He held onto these principles throughout his personal and professional life. Paul became an ordained minister and was called to minister at several churches throughout the country. The Papes are members of Bastrop Christian Church, where Barb sings in the choir and Paul serves as an elder, occasionally filling in when the minister is away.

Paul is a graduate of West Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Following a decade of ministry, he and Barb settled in Bastrop to raise their family, where Paul eventually opened a real estate brokerage. Paul served as President of the Board of Realtors where he successfully led efforts to fend off the City of Austin’s aggressive annexation plans into Bastrop County, and defend property rights and local control of Bastrop families from big government regulation and overreach.

Paul and Barb invested in a small RV park in Bastrop in the 1980s. They successfully managed and grew the small park into a large business, eventually selling it after 37 years. While managing the family business, Paul also took a job with the Lower Colorado River Authority, where he became manager of its water and wastewater utilities. With his deep understanding of water policy, Paul has been a consistent defender of the area’s water resources and private property rights.

During his tenure as county judge, Bastrop County has experienced the aftermath of six federally-declared natural disasters, including devastating flooding and the most destructive wildfire in Texas history. Paul has led major response and recovery efforts to make our communities safer and more resilient all while working to grow our local economy, preserve our quality of life, increase funding for law enforcement by 55%, and develop nine fiscally conservative county budgets. 

Paul Pape is a lifetime member of the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association. He is also a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, the Texas & Southwestern Cattleraisers Association, and the Smithville Lions Club.

About Judge Paul Pape

Paul Pape has served as Bastrop County Judge since 2012 and is currently Chairman of the Capital Area Council of Governments, which is responsible for supporting and improving core services like emergency communications, homeland security, and law enforcement training.  Paul and his wife, Barb, live on their ranch in McDade and have been residents of Bastrop County since 1983. They have been married 50 years and have three children and six grandchildren.

The son of a farmer and minister, Paul was raised understanding the importance of faith and hard work. He held onto these principles throughout his personal and professional life. Paul became an ordained minister and was called to minister at several churches throughout the country. The Papes are members of Bastrop Christian Church, where Barb sings in the choir and Paul serves as an elder, occasionally filling in when the minister is away.

Paul is a graduate of West Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Following a decade of ministry, he and Barb settled in Bastrop to raise their family, where Paul eventually opened a real estate brokerage. Paul served as President of the Board of Realtors where he successfully led efforts to fend off the City of Austin’s aggressive annexation plans into Bastrop County, and defend property rights and local control of Bastrop families from big government regulation and overreach.

Paul and Barb invested in a small RV park in Bastrop in the 1980s. They successfully managed and grew the small park into a large business, eventually selling it after 37 years. While managing the family business, Paul also took a job with the Lower Colorado River Authority, where he became manager of its water and wastewater utilities. With his deep understanding of water policy, Paul has been a consistent defender of the area’s water resources and private property rights.

During his tenure as county judge, Bastrop County has experienced the aftermath of six federally-declared natural disasters, including devastating flooding and the most destructive wildfire in Texas history. Paul has led major response and recovery efforts to make our communities safer and more resilient all while working to grow our local economy, preserve our quality of life, increase funding for law enforcement by 55%, and develop nine fiscally conservative county budgets. 

Paul Pape is a lifetime member of the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association. He is also a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, the Texas & Southwestern Cattleraisers Association, and the Smithville Lions Club.