Sarah Eckhardt became Travis County’s first female county judge on January 1, 2015. Judge Eckhardt presides over the Commissioners Court.

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 LBJ School Master of Public Affairs and law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Judge Eckhardt 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 the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (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 Community Advancement Network (CAN) Board of Directors, working to leverage mutual resources to collectively improve social, health, educational and economic opportunities in our community. Judge Eckhardt serves as Vice-Chair of Membership on the Texas Conference of Urban Counties (CUC) Board of Directors, and she is also a member of the CUC Policy Committee. Travis County is one of 37 CUC member counties that represent approximately 80% of the population of Texas.

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.

By statute, Judge Eckhardt serves on the Travis County Bail Bond Board, the Travis County Juvenile Board and as CEO of Workforce Solutions Capital Area.

As a private citizen, Judge Eckhardt serves on Texas Freedom Network’s Board of Directors and the LBJ School Dean’s Advisory Council.

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.

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Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt

Street Address:
700 Lavaca, Suite 2.300
Austin, TX 78701 (

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1748
Austin, TX 78767

Phone: (512) 854-9555


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