Gilberto Hinojosa

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Gilberto Hinojosa
Chair of the Texas Democratic Party
Assumed office
June 9, 2012
Preceded byBoyd Richie
County Judge of Cameron County
In office
January 1, 1995 – January 1, 2007
Preceded byTony Garza
Succeeded byCarlos Cascos
Personal details
Born (1952-07-08) July 8, 1952 (age 66)
Alamo, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Texas, Pan American (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)

Gilberto Hinojosa is a former Cameron County, Texas, judge and is the current chair of the Texas Democratic Party.[1] He served as the head of Cameron County's government from 1995 to 2006.

Early career[edit]

While living in Washington, DC, Hinojosa worked as a Staff Attorney for the Migrant Legal Action Program, Inc.[citation needed] He later became the Director of the Migrant Division of Colorado Rural Legal Services, Inc., in Denver, Colorado.[citation needed] Upon his return to his native Texas, Hinojosa continued practicing law as the Managing Attorney for the Texas Rural Legal Aid, Inc., located in Brownsville, Texas.[citation needed] Although he briefly partnered with another law firm it was only until 1995 that he established his law firm of Magallanes & Hinojosa, P.C., in Brownsville, Texas.[citation needed]

County judge[edit]

Hinojosa was elected Cameron County Judge on November 8, 1994. During his administration, international bridges to Mexico were built and the restoration of the 1912 era courthouse was completed.[citation needed] The Dancy Building now houses the present county administration.

On August 11, 2003, Hinojosa appeared before the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in support of Senate Bill 1329, which would provide assistance in the relocation of railroads to improve access for commercial traffic passing through Cameron County to and from the international border with Mexico. During his statement, he also voiced his support for the planned Interstate 69 project.[2] After the bill passed, the Cameron County West Rail Relocation Project was initiated which provided for the construction of a railroad across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, with approximately $21 million in federal funds provided.[3] The present administration of Judge Carlos Cascos continues to work towards completion of this project.

County Democratic Chairman[edit]

Hinojosa was elected Chairman of the Cameron County Democratic Party on November 12, 2007.[4] One day after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Hinojosa attended the Democratic National Committee Winter Meeting held in Washington, DC. On January 23, 2008, he nominated Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to head the Democratic National Committee.[5] Thereafter, a unanimous vote made Governor Kaine the new leader of the Democratic Party.

Texas Democratic Party Chairmanship[edit]

On May 12, 2011, Hinojosa announced his intention to run for Chair of the Texas Democratic Party upon incumbent Boyd Richie announcing he would not run for re-election. He named Houston Attorney Cris Felman treasurer of his campaign.

Hinojosa was elected Chair of the Texas Democratic Party on June 9, 2012 at the state party convention held in Houston. He replaced Boyd Richie, who retired. [1]


  1. ^ "Congratulations to the newly elected and first Hispanic Chair of the Texas Democratic Party, Judge Gilberto Hinojosa". Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  2. ^ "Statement of Cameron County Judge Gilberto Hinojosa". United States Senate. August 11, 2003. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  3. ^ "Brownsville/Matamoros West Rail Relocation Project, Cameron County, TX". United States Department of State. 2004-06-25. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  4. ^ Martinez, Laura (2007-11-13). "Hinojosa tapped to lead local Democratic Party". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  5. ^ "Hinojosa Nominates Virgina (sic) Gov. to be Next DNC Chairman". KRGV. 2009-01-23. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-02-11.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Boyd Richie
Chair of the Texas Democratic Party