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Texas County Makes History After Swearing in 17 Black Female Judges

Seventeen Black female judges made history in Harris County, Texas after being sworn in on the first day of 2019.

Texas County Makes History After Swearing in 17 Black Female Judges
Photo Credit: Harris County Democratic Party Twitter

Seventeen Black women for a local democratic campaign called “Black Girl Magic Texas,” were sworn in as judges in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, according to CNN.

The group of women made history as the largest group of Black female judges to be elected at one time Harris County, the largest county in the state. The women include Judges Shannon Baldwin, Lucia Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Sharon Burney, Lori Chambers Gray, Dedra Davis, Linda Dunson, Toria Finch, Ramona Franklin, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Holleman, Erica Hughes, Maria Jackson, Tonya Jones, Latosha Lewis Payne, Michelle Moore, Sandra Peake, Germaine Tanner, and LaShawn Williams.

They previously made headlines in November during the historic midterm elections, which saw an increase in the diversity of elected officials.

The Harris County Democratic Party shared photos from the swearing-in ceremony.

“Today we usher in a new era of representative government and progressive leadership in Harris County,” the group captioned the images.

County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the 27-year-old Colombian immigrant who unseated longtime judge Republican Ed Emmett in November, was also sworn in alongside Black Girl Magic Texas.

“We made history in Harris County on Nov. 6 by electing a talented group of individuals who reflect the people and communities we serve,” Hidalgo said in a statement about the ceremony. “That would not have been possible without the support of the residents of Harris County.”

According to the Houston Chronicle, 43 percent of Harris County is Hispanic, and approximately 20 percent of its residents identify as African-American.

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