She Made the Tough Calls During the Pandemic, and Saved Lives
Lina Hidalgo serves as the chief administrative official of Harris County, the largest county in Texas and the third largest county in the U.S. When elected in 2018 at the age of 27, she became the first woman and first Latino to hold the position of county judge. Her duties include overseeing a budget of almost $5 billion, which affects nearly 5 million people. Talk about impressive.
That’s not all. Her leadership during the pandemic has earned her a John F. Kennedy New Frontiers Award, which honors Americans under the age of 40 who are changing their communities through their dedication to public service. Past recipients include Stacy Abrahams and the March for Our Lives organization.
President Kennedy’s grandson Jack Schlossberg said Hidalgo “brought change and progress, boldly leading through the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing important health measures before they were popular, or even acceptable.”
WATCH the announcement award and Hidalgo’s acceptance speech…