With deep roots in Austin and Travis County, Judge Eckhardt has dedicated her life in public service to improving access to opportunity for Travis County families for more than 15 years.
After receiving her Master of Public Affairs and law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Sarah worked for eight years as an Assistant Travis County Attorney. In 2006, she was elected to represent Precinct 2 on the Commissioners Court.
Judge Eckhardt has been a leader on addressing the major issues that face Travis County residents. She works to ensure that our community is green, healthy, just and mobile.
Through her service on the Transportation Policy Board of CAMPO, Judge Eckhardt continues to advocate for an efficient network of sidewalks, bike lanes and transit, as well as roads. The Judge serves on the CAPCOG Executive Committee, which crafts collaborative regional solutions for our 10-county region. She serves on Texas Freedom Network's Board of Directors.
Judge Eckhardt works to protect the region's air quality as Chair of the Clean Air Coalition. She further works to build collaborative solutions to our sustainable water future by working with an alliance of our neighbors.
On the vital issues of the economy and equity, Judge Eckhardt seeks a level playing field for Travis County taxpayers and working families to help relieve the property tax burden on our most vulnerable neighbors. Judge Eckhardt's agenda includes collaboration with other taxing entities in Travis County, with the goal of increased transparency and fairness in taxation.
Judge Eckhardt learned public service and a commitment to Central Texas from her mother Nadine — aide to Lyndon Johnson and Molly Ivins, as well as a mother of four — and her father, the late Congressman Bob Eckhardt. Judge Eckhardt is continuing the tradition with her own family, raising her children in Austin public schools while leading the Commissioners Court every Tuesday.