On Tuesday Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield as the new judge of the 165th District Court in Harris County.
Mayfield currently serves as judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1, where she has held office since 2011, and currently serves as administrative judge of the Harris County Civil Courts, according to a press release.
In 2013, Texas Executive Women selected Mayfield as a “Woman on the Move.” She is also the past president of the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, received the 2014 “Public Service Award” from South Texas College of Law, and is on the board of the Institute of Hispanic Culture.
Judge Mayfield received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.
The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.
The term is set to expire at the next general election in November 2016.