Lina Hidalgo

Harris County Judge

Houston, Texas

Lina was raised in an immigrant family.

She knows first-hand the sacrifices hard working Texans make every day to build a better life for their families. Lina was born in Colombia, when the drug war still raged and everyone knew someone who had been kidnapped. Her parents had two goals: to make sure she had a good education and to get the family to a safer place. Lina grew up in Peru and Mexico, where her parents were offered job opportunities, before emigrating to America in 2005. Lina is a proud product of Texas public schools and, as her parents dreamed, was the first in her family to attend college in the U.S. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science the same year she became a U.S. citizen.

Since arriving in Texas, Lina has been committed to giving back. She has dedicated hundreds of hours to our most vulnerable communities — including her time at the Texas Civil Rights Project and serving as a Spanish-English medical interpreter at the Texas Medical Center supporting immigrants in search of lost loved ones. While pursuing a joint degree in law and public policy at NYU and Harvard, Lina conducted research on criminal justice policies and coordinated with advocacy groups and governments to push for criminal justice reform.