HOUSTON – Lina Hidalgo was sworn in as the new Harris County judge in an overnight ceremony.

By law, the newly-elected Harris County judge is required to be sworn in at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1 following their election. She was sworn in at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.

“It is an incredible honor to be here with all of you as your new Harris County judge,” Hidalgo said following the ceremony. “And Happy New Year to everyone!”

The new county judge says she is eager to get to work with her team.

“Today, we mark the beginning of a new administration,” Hidalgo said. “We mark the beg of new leadership in Harris County that is going to join the incredible, dedicated professionals who have been there doing great work, bringing in new ideas, new solutions, thinking of new questions. “

Hidalgo says the biggest part of her transition has been the energy she has seen from county officials and Houston-area leaders.

“The most inspiring part of the transition is has been the shear energy from everyone I speak with, from my colleagues in county government to non-profit leaders, leaders in the private sector, community leaders, incredible, boundless energy and desire to bring in and leverage the enthusiasm, the knowledge, the ideas that only our region has,” the county judge said. “So I am thrilled to get started.”

The public is invited to attend the inauguration ceremony for newly elected Harris County officials at NRG Park.

“It’s important to me that this event is open to the public. We made history in Harris County on Nov. 6 by electing a talented group of individuals who reflect the people and communities we serve. That would not have been possible without the support of the residents of Harris County,” Hidalgo said in a press release.

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