|Bexar County Judge|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Cyndi Taylor Krier|
|Mayor of San Antonio|
June 1, 1991 – June 1, 1995
|Preceded by||Lila Cockrell|
|Succeeded by||Bill Thornton|
|San Antonio City Council|
|Member of the Texas Senate from the 26th district|
|Texas House of Representatives from Bexar County, Texas|
|Born||October 27, 1940|
|Spouse(s)||Melinda Wolff (1961-1988)|
Tracy Hoag (1989-present)
|Residence||San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas|
|Alma mater||St. Mary's University|
St. Mary's University School of Law
|Occupation||Lawyer and county judge|
Nelson William Wolff (born 27 October 1940) is a Democratic politician from San Antonio, Texas. He represented Bexar County in the Texas House of Representatives from 1971 to 1973 and then the Texas Senate from 1973 to 1975. He served on the San Antonio City Council as the representative of District 8 and then as mayor of San Antonio from 1991 to 1995 and has been since 2001 the Bexar County Judge.
Wolff was initially appointed to this current position in 2001 to succeed Cyndi Taylor Krier, a Republican, who resigned to accept an appointment from then Governor Rick Perry as a regent of the University of Texas System. Wolff has since been elected to this position three times. In January 2012, he announced that he would seek a fourth full term in 2014. He defeated in the general election the Republican candidate, Carlton L. Soules, a former member of the San Antonio City Council from the North Side. Known as a "budget hawk" while on the council, Soules since entered into an alliance with the unsuccessful 2017 San Antonio mayoral candidate Manuel Medina, the chairman of the Bexar County Democratic Party organization. The two had opposed a defunct a downtown street car project, which they considered a "boondoggle."
Wolff won re-election as county judge in the general election held on November 6, 2018. He defeated the Republican nominee, Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff.
Since 1989, Wolff has been married to his second spouse, the former Tracy Hoag. He has four children from the first marriage to Melinda Wolf: Kevin Alan, Lyn Marie, Scott, and Matthew. He has two stepchildren through the second marriage. His oldest son from his first marriage, Kevin Wolff(born c. 1965), a Republican, serves with his father on the Bexar County Commissioners' Court as the Precinct 3 commissioner. The two disagreed over a downtown streetcar plan favored by the father and adamantly opposed by the son. They agreed on a proposal to build a rail system with the use of eighteen miles of existing Union Pacific track from downtown San Antonio to Leon Springs.
Wolff is working with the commissioners court to restore the former Hot Wells hotel, spa, and bathhouses, which flourished in the first two decades of the 20th century, along the San Antonio River in the southside of San Antonio. In October 2015, the commissioners authorized $4 million to begin the partial restoration of the facility, which once attracted celebrities from throughout the nation.
Wolff is interested in baseball, poker, cigars, and is a lifelong reader with an extensive collection of books. With his late father and two brothers, he owned several businesses, most notably Sun Harvest Farms grocery stores and Green Fields Market, a health foods and organic grocery store in San Antonio, which Wolff sold in 2011. He is a graduate of St. Mary's University and St. Mary's University School of Law, both in San Antonio.
Wolff has penned four books. In Challenge of Change, he describes his experience in the Texas legislature and his participation in the 1974 Constitutional Convention, of which he was instrumental in bringing about. In Baseball for Real Men, Wolff reflects on life and his love of the game. Mayor is a memoir of San Antonio politics focusing on his time in City Hall. In Transforming San Antonio (Trinity University Press) Wolff gives an insider's view on signature economic-development projects with which he was involved: the AT&T Center, a Toyota factory, the PGA Village, and the extension of the San Antonio River Walk.
In 2017, Wolff rose to defend his friend Ricardo Romo, who after eighteen years of service resigned as president of the University of Texas at San Antonio amid reports that Romo had inappropriately hugged and embraced women on campus who he greeted. Wolff claims that the University of Texas System mishandled the investigation into Romo's conduct. Wolff said that he too often embraces men and women in the workplace: "It's a tradition in the Hispanic community that you do that. ... It's just a tradition, one [in which] I participate."
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- San Antonio picks Wolff
- San Antonio Express-News, January 17, 2012. Gonzalez, John W. "Wolff to seek re-election as county judge in 2014" 
- Gilbert Garcia, "Medina, Soules forge unlikely bromance", San Antonio Express-News, February 24, 2017, p. A2.
- Wolff, Nelson W. Transforming San Antonio: An Insiders View of the AT&T Center, Toyota, the PGA Village, and the River Walk Extension., Trinity University Press, 2008
- Gilbert Garcia, "Two Wolffs agree on new/old UP rail plan," San Antonio Express-News, January 8, 2016, p. A2
- John W. Gonzalez, "Hot Wells poised to spring alive again: County OKs first phase of improvements for new park", San Antonio Express-News, October 10, 2015, pp. 1, A12
- Lauren Caruba and Silvia Foster-Frau, "Romo steps down as UTSA president: Leader had been under investigation", San Antonio Express-News, March 4, 2017, pp. 1, A14.
- Judge Nelson Wolff's Campaign Website
- Official biography for County Judge Nelson Wolff
- Interview with Nelson Wolff, July 29, 1994, University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Oral History Collections, UA 15.01, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.
| Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
| Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 57-8 (San Antonio)
Joe J. Bernal
| Texas State Senator
from District 26 (San Antonio)
Cyndi Taylor Krier
| Bexar County Judge