Harris County

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to take personal leave to visit ill grandfather in Colombia

Hidalgo is expected to be out of the country for about a week and likely will not participate in next Tuesday’s meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court, according to her deputy chief of staff.


Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo fields questions on March 22, 2022 after unsealed court documents alleged that staff members in her office steered an $11 million contract for a COVID-19 outreach project to a preferred vendor.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is taking a leave of absence next week to visit her ill grandfather in Colombia, meaning she likely will miss Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting, a spokesperson for her office said Wednesday.

Hidalgo, a 31-year-old Democrat who in November was elected to a second term as county judge, is expected to be away from the Houston area for about a week, according to Chris Chu de Leon, her deputy chief of staff.

“She’s going to Colombia to see her grandfather, who has had declining health for a little bit,” Chu de Leon said. “She wants to be there in case anything were to happen there.”

Chu de Leon said it’s possible Hidalgo might do some county-related work while in her native Colombia, although she will miss a joint meeting Monday between city and county officials to make board appointments related to the Port of Houston. Hidalgo likely will miss all of Tuesday’s meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court, over which she usually presides as the county judge.

“I think there’s a tiny possibility that she's able to attend virtually,” Chu de Leon said. “Right now, it's highly probable that she'll miss court, unfortunately.”

Today in Houston Newsletter Signup
We're in the process of transitioning services for our Today in Houston newsletter. If you'd like to sign up now, fill out the form below and we will add you as soon as we finish the transition. **Please note** If you are already signed up for the newsletter, you do not need to sign up again. Your subscription will be migrated over.