Paul Pape to seek Republican nomination for Texas House District 17 Posted in: News Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape announced his Republican candidacy for State Representative District 17, which includes Bastrop, Burleson, Caldwell, Lee, and Milam counties. A rancher and businessman, Pape has served as Bastrop County Judge since 2012, and was re-elected by wide margins in 2014 and 2018. He currently serves as Chair of the Capital Area Council of Governments and the Juvenile Probation Board.“During my tenure as county judge, Bastrop County has experienced six federally-declared natural disasters, including devastating wildfire and flood events. Leading major response and recovery efforts and making our community safer and more resilient has proven among the ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!