Ramon Garcia Biography
Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia is presently serving his third term as Chief Administrative Officer for the County of Hidalgo, Texas. In his capacity as County Judge, Garcia chairs Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, the governing body that makes policy decisions that guide the direction of County operations. Commissioners Court is responsible for ensuring that government services are efficiently and effectively delivered locally to residents and families.
Some of Judge Garcia's notable accomplishments during his tenure include:
- Educated the community through promotion and outreach on the 2012 $184 million drainage bond among County residents; the bond passed with over 75% of voters in favor of the bond to improve drainage infrastructure throughout the County;
- Challenged the results of the 2010 Census as a severe undercount, and is presently exploring methods with the U. S. Census Bureau and the Texas State Demographer's Office to accurately update population counts on a regular basis;
- Took an active leadership role in fostering and promoting regional support for legislative efforts for a new university and medical school in South Texas, with the first two years of education committed in Hidalgo County;
- Worked with local, state, and federal transportation partners and leaders to secure federal interstate designation for Interstate 69 Central and Interstate 2; and
- Promoted economic development projects, initiatives, and ventures through incentives to recruit, attract and retain businesses, foster new job creation, and inject new income into the County.
Judge Garcia strives to impact policy and decisions that are in the best interest of the County and its residents, and continuously seeks innovative means of increasing revenues and reducing expenditures, while at the same time, balancing County needs. One of Garcia's major initiatives in the near future is to construct a new County Courthouse to accommodate the County's current and future growth. Garcia also continuously works to positively foster community engagement by publicly acknowledging and honoring County residents and organizations on their achievements.
Personal and Professional Biography
Born July 20, 1948, Judge Garcia is the eldest of eight children and has called Edinburg, Texas home for most of his life. He attended Edinburg High School and Pan American University where he received his BA in 1970. He was an honors graduate of the University of Houston Bates College of Law in 1972 and he became a member of the State Bar of Texas that same year.
Judge Garcia is licensed in all Texas courts as well as the U. S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U. S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit and the U. S. Supreme Court. He is an active member of the Texas State Bar. Moreover, he has also served on the Grievance Committee for the Texas State Bar which oversees the ethical standards for the legal profession.
Over the years, Judge Garcia has given his time to community and public service. He served as a member of the Board of Regents for Pan American University from 1983 to 1987. He also served on various community and public organizations, including the Regional Mobility Authority.
A lifelong Democratic and devoted party advocate, Judge Garcia has served on the Texas Democratic Party Roundtable and the National Democratic Party Leadership Council and was elected and served as Chairman of the Hidalgo County Party from 1994 to 2000.
Awards and Recognitions
In his distinguished legal career, Judge Garcia was awarded the following:
- 2007 and 2010, 2011, 2012 Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association
- 2011 Texas Super Lawyer
- Top Plaintiff Lawyer in the Valley by Texas Lawyer magazine
- Nominated as National Trial Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for his participation in precedent-setting litigation.
Countless local organizations have also recognized Judge Garcia's community service by presenting him with many awards. Notable awards and recognitions include:
- Valley Hispanic Award from the University of Texas - Pan American Library in conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month
- Golden Eagle Award from the McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Hispanic Exemplary Award from El Americano News Editorial Advisory Board
- 2005 Recipient Governor's Humanitarian Achievement Award from Rio Grande Valley Humanities
- 2013 "Pillar of Success" by the University of Texas - Pan American