Judge Lina Hidalgo announces ‘brief personal leave’ ahead of first sessions

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s team announced late Wednesday that it will miss the first sessions of the 2023 session starting this week.

“Starting next week, Judge Hidalgo is to take a short personal leave while she deals with a family matter,” the statement said.

Harris County Commissioner 2 Adrian Garcia tweeted in support of Hidalgo’s brief hiatus.

“I wish Judge Hidalgo all the best as she deals with family issues,” Garcia tweeted. “As I have told every elected leader I have served with and to everyone who works in any of the organizations I have led, family comes first. I wish the judge and her family all the best and I pray for them.”

For now, the court is still scheduled to hold its first session of the year with members of the Houston City Council on Monday, January 9 at 10:30 a.m. Chairman of the Houston and Harris County Port Authority and Chairman of the Harris County Ports Board of Authorized Pilots. According to the county’s website, for these votes, each member of the Houston City Council receives one vote, while the choice of members of the county committee gives 3.4 votes each (17 votes are divided among the five members of the committee).

In addition to Monday’s nomination meeting, the commissioners’ court hearings are due to begin on Tuesday at 10:00 am. This will be District 4 Commissioner Leslie Briones’ first meeting in her position since defeating Republican incumbent Jack Cagle in the Nov. 8 election.

The court now has a 4-1 Democratic majority, with District 2 Commissioner Tom Ramsey serving as the only Republican on the court.

The Harris County Clerk’s Office confirmed meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, January 10, despite Hidalgo’s absence.

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