Lina Hidalgo is an American politician. Lina Hidalgo is the county judge for Harris County, which is America’s third-most populous county. Likewise, she is the first woman and the first Latina to be elected to this role.
Table of Biography
Birth Facts, Family, Siblings, and Childhood
Lina Hidalgo was born on February 19, 1991, in Bogota, Colombia. She is 30 years old and is under the astrological sign, Pisces. Her full name is Lina Maria Hidalgo. Lina along with her family left Colombia when she was five years old. They lived in Peru and Mexico City before moving to Houston, Texas, USA when she was 15 years old. At present, she holds American nationality. Her ethnicity is Latin-American and follows the religion, Christianity.
The name and information regarding Lina’s parents are not available at the moment. She has a brother but his name is also unknown. However, she has shared along with her parents as well as his brother on her social media accounts. But Hidalgo rarely speaks about her family life and her family background in front of the public and the limelight. It seems as if she wants her family to live a normal life. And stay away from the paparazzi and the media as well.
Regarding Lina’s educational background and qualification, she graduated from Seven Lakes High School in Greater Katy, Texas. And, then she enrolled at Stanford University, graduating with a degree in political science in the year 2013. Likewise, “Tiananmen or Tahrir? A Comparative Study of Military Intervention Against Popular Protest” is her honors thesis title.
The year Lina Hidalgo graduated she became a U.S. citizen. And, upon graduation from Stanford, she received the Omidyar Network Postgraduate Fellowship to work with an international organization. She also moved to Thailand, where she worked for the Internews Network. It is an international nonprofit for training journalists and advocating for press freedom. Likewise, after returning from Thailand to the U.S., Lina Hidalgo worked as a medical interpreter at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. She even volunteered for the Texas Civil Rights Project.
And, during that time, the Master’s/Juris Doctor Joint Program accepted Lina Hidalgo in law and public policy at the New York University School of Law and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. However, she originally planned to pursue a career in health care and criminal justice but the 2016 election inspired her to put her degree on hold and run for public office instead.
Career and Professional Life
Lina Hidalgo ran for County Judge of Harris County in the elections of the year 2018. She ran unanimously in the Democratic Party primary election as well as faced incumbent Ed Emmett in the general election. She also ran on a platform focused on flood control, criminal justice reform, and increasing transparency and accountability in local government. Likewise, Lina Hidalgo defeated Emmett on November 6. She was able to become the first woman as well as the first Latina elected Harris County Judge. However, Hidalgo’s victory considered an upset and it even attracted national attention, with a large and diverse coalition of activists and organizations. This led her to a nearly 19,000-vote victory.
Moreover, Lina Hidalgo advocated cash bail reform in Harris County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she implemented public health measures early to halt the spread of the coronavirus. She also ordered the closure of bars and restaurants in March 2020. And, in April of the same year, Lina Hidalgo required Harris County members to wear face masks in public. Republicans at the state and federal level heavily criticized Hidalgo’s public health measures.
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Governor Greg Abbott stated that local officials could not enforce mask mandates. But, by June, as cases in Texas climbed, Abbott ordered his own face mask mandate. Likewise, Lina Hidalgo starred in video montages during the 2020 Democratic National Convention. She has also been credited with making voting easier in Harris County during the 2020 Texas elections and with increasing turnout among lower-propensity voters. Moreover, by October 2020 before the election day, more votes were cast in Texas than the entire number cast in the 2016 United States presidential election in Texas.
Lina Hidalgo was featured on the cover of “Time” in January 2018. She got featured alongside dozens of other women who ran for office in one of the biggest elections for women. She was also criticized after a March 2019 news conference in which she spoke in English as well as Spanish. Hidalgo spoke about the health inference of a massive chemical fire. Likewise, She was addressing constituents and reporters from English- and Spanish-language media outlets. Moreover, she was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Law and Policy in December 2019.
Lina Hidalgo is possibly single at the moment. She seems to be more focused on her career and life rather than being in a relationship. Or maybe she wants to keep her personal as well as love life private and away from the limelight and the media as well. Even focusing on her past relationships, no information about Lina has come forward until now. So, we can pretty much assume that either Hidalgo has never been in a relationship or has kept her past relationships private as well.
Lina Hidalgo has a height of 5 feet 3 inches and her weight is 52 Kg. Likewise, Hidalgo’s other body measurements like her chest size, waist size, as well as hip size, are 34-27-35 inches respectively. Moreover, Lina has black curly hair and dark brown eyes.
Social Media and Net Worth
Lina Hidalgo is pretty active on all of her social accounts. She has 33.5K followers on Instagram and 113.2K followers on Twitter. She also owns a Facebook account and has 41.5K followers on it. Likewise, Lina owns her Instagram account under the name “linahidalgotx” and has shared 399 posts until now. Moreover, she has shared 2521 tweets on her Twitter page.
According to dreshare, Lina Hidalgo has a $300K net worth. And her main income source is her career as a politician.