Born in Kerrville, she was raised in the small South Texas town of Banquete, which consisted of little more than a school and a post office. Her father served as the high school principal and her mother as the school secretary. After graduating, Konni attended the University of North Texas, where she graduated with a BBA in Marketing. That’s where she met Phil, her husband, who is also a graduate of UNT. Soon after Phil and Konni married, they moved to Tarrant County where Konni went to work for Olmstead-Kirk Paper Co. After several years, the drive to start her own business led her to open her own wedding consulting business, Weddings Ltd.
During that period, Konni and Phil began their work with The Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth. Konni volunteered her time and energy to the center and held leadership positions on the Auxiliary Board. After their first daughter Tori was placed in their arms, Konni decided to become a full time mother and stepped away from her business. Konni and Phil adopted their second daughter Faith, another “Gladney Baby”, four and a half years later.
The Burtons joined Calvary Lutheran Church in Richland Hills upon moving to Tarrant County. Konni has served on the Church Council, with her husband and children taking active roles in the church as well.
Before becoming heavily involved in Texas politics, Konni simply did her civic duty – voting in elections and working within her church and the community to make Texas a better place to live. But the last decade of out-of-control spending by Democrats and Republicans alike motivated Konni to take action.
Konni began to get involved in local grassroots groups and campaigns, walking blocks, organizing events, and donating money to advance candidates that espoused her shared belief in fiscal responsibility, personal liberty, and smart, limited government. Konni served as one of Ted Cruz’s top organizers in DFW during his historic 2012 campaign for U.S. Senate. Eventually, Konni’s involvement led her to the State Capitol in Austin where she began to interact directly with state leaders and legislators on a number of important issues.
Konni began to reevaluate her role in politics, which led her to consider and ultimately run for the Texas Senate in 2014. Konni secured the Republican nomination amidst a crowded field and was successful in winning back SD 10 from the Democrats the following November. While Texas families are under constant pressure from big government at all levels, the state of Texas must refuse to follow the same path, and as State Senator, Konni is committed to doing her part.
Konni and her family reside in Colleyville.