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Meet Your Newly Elected officials for Harris County

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

Judge Hidalgo was elected on November the 6, 2018 for a four-year term. Judge Lina Hidalgo was raised in an immigrant family and knows first-hand the sacrifices hard-working Texans make every day to build a better life for their families. Judge Hidalgo came to the United States in 2005. She is a proud product of our public schools and, as her parents dreamed, she went on to a top university.  She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science the same year she became a U.S. citizen.  Since arriving in Texas, Judge Hidalgo has been committed to giving back. She has dedicated hundreds of hours to our county’s most vulnerable communities. While pursuing a joint degree in law and public policy at NYU and Harvard, Judge Hidalgo researched criminal justice policies and coordinated with advocacy groups and governments to push for reform. www.linahidalgo.com

Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman

Dr. Diane Trautman was elected as Harris County Clerk on November 6, 2018 for a 4-year term. Prior to that, she was elected as an At-Large, Countywide board member on the Harris County Board of Education in 2012. While on the board, she supported federal grants that maximized local tax dollars resulting in savings for the school districts and the taxpayers. Along with the rest of the board, she was successful in reducing HCDE property taxes for the last four years of her term. Dr. Trautman holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, both from the University of Houston. She also earned a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Trautman has always believed that as an elected official, she should make government work for the individual, and she understands that as a public servant, she works for the people of Harris County and not the other way around. www.cclerk.hctx.net

Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia

Adrian Garcia was elected as Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 2 on November 6, 2018. Adrian has served Houstonians for more than 35 years. After serving 23 years as a police officer, he was appointed to HPD’s liaison to the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office by Mayor Bob Lanier — he was later named director. After leaving HPD, Adrian served as a Houston City Councilman, eventually becoming Mayor Pro Tempore under Mayor Bill White. In 2008, Adrian Garcia was elected Harris County Sheriff. He used innovative ideas to clean up the existing mess in the department by reducing the overcrowding at the country’s third largest jail, bringing diversity to his command staff, and working to be a visible, community-oriented law enforcement officer the public could trust. His goals include adopting infrastructure and flood control solutions that are equitable and environmentally sound and to help residents obtain family-sustaining jobs through services and programs. www.hcp2.com