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Who is Lesley Briones? Harris County Pct. 4 commissioner

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Briones grew up alongside the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo. She is a Harvard and Yale Law School graduate.

HOUSTON — For the primary time since 2011, Harris County Precinct 4 can have a brand new commissioner representing them after Democrat challenger Lesley Briones defeated Republican incumbent Jack Cagle within the 2022 election.

With Briones’ election, there’ll now be a four-to-one Democratic majority on the Commissioners Court.

“It’s not been since the 70s that democrats had a super majority on Commissioners Court,” stated reelected Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

Lesley García Mitchell Briones beforehand served as choose of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 4. She is a Harvard graduate and graduated from Yale Law School.

“I look forward to bringing my negotiation, mediation and kind of black robe, judicial experience to keeping an open mind and to serving everybody,” Briones stated.

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Briones grew up alongside the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, in keeping with her web site. She is the daughter of lecturers, who additionally returned to the border to show after graduating from Harvard with honors.

Being a instructor and seeing what injustices college students confronted is what influenced Briones to turn out to be a lawyer, in keeping with her marketing campaign web site.

While at Yale Law School, Briones led the Latino Law Students’ public service initiatives and offered pro-bono help to victims of home abuse and juvenile offenders.

After turning into a lawyer, she returned to Texas to follow regulation at Vinson & Elkins LLP. She then served as the final counsel and chief working officer of the Laura & John Arnold Foundation.

Briones then went on to turn out to be the choose of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 4.

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Briones additionally serves because the president and co-founder of Texas Latinx Judges and is a Houston co-chair of the National Association of Women Judges. She is additionally an adjunct professor on the University of Houston Law Center.

Briones and her husband Adán stay in Houston with their three daughters.

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