County Judge, Veronica Escobar

  • Biography
  • Veronica Escobar was sworn in as El Paso County Judge on January 1, 2011. She works on issues related to healthcare, Border policy, government consolidation, nature tourism, and economic development.
  • Judge Escobar has been active addressing issues important to border communities. She has testified before the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and before several Texas state legislative committees. She has also addressed state-wide and local organizations about border policy and immigration. On October 6, 2011, The New York Times published an op-ed article by Judge Escobar entitled “All Quiet on the Southern Front,” which discussed the failure of elected officials and presidential candidates to address the complex reality of life on the U.S.-Mexico border. On February 10, 2013, her second op-ed for the New York Times entitled “Gridlock on the Rio Grande” was published. Also during her tenure, Judge Escobar has focused on internal reforms in county government that have helped make El Paso County a more effective, efficient and transparent organization.
  • Education and Public Service
  • Judge Escobar received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Master of Arts degree from New York University in 1993. She has spent her professional and civic life working for non-profits, in education, and more recently in local government (she served as Communications Director for Mayor Raymond C. Caballero from 2001-2003 and as Precinct 2 County Commissioner from 2007-2010).
  • Awards
  • Judge Escobar has been the recipient of the “Women of Integrity” award given by Women for an Ethical El Paso (2007), the “2008 Elected Official of the Year” Award given by the National Association of Social Workers (Texas Chapter, El Paso Branch), the "Human Rights Safe Communities" award given by the Border Network for Human Rights (2009), and the "2010 Elected Official of the Year" presented to her by the Rio Grande Council of Governments.

  • County Judge
    Veronica Escobar