Judge Danny Valdez is the 22nd judge to hold the elected office since Webb County was established in 1848 and oversees the 6th largest county in the State of Texas with 3,307 square miles.
Judge Valdez is a product of the West side of Laredo and attended Farias Elementary School, Christen Junior High, Martin High School and Laredo Junior College. He also proudly served four years with the United States Navy.
Prior to becoming Webb County Judge, Judge Valdez served 24 years as Justice of the Peace serving six four year terms. He is married to Isabel Valdez and has a son, Danny Jr., and daughter, Maribel.
Since taking office on January 1, 2007, Judge Valdez has worked diligently in promoting positive changes for the Commissioners Court, Webb County Employees, and especially, taxpayers. From the beginning, Judge Valdez established a working partnership with the City of Laredo and was instrumental in establishing the creation of a County-City Projects and Programs Coordinating Committee.
Under his leadership the Commissioners Court formed the first ever Webb County Legislative Committee which put together a legislative agenda item on the establishment of a county wide civil service system for Webb County employees that was presented to the County’s delegation in Austin.
Several projects were started and completed since Valdez took office. Judge Valdez brought to completion the Judge Solomon Casseb, Jr. Webb County Youth Village for juvenile offenders. The 72 bed facility encompasses services that will complement the rehabilitation of juveniles in Webb County. A 4.8 million dollar package was awarded to Webb County by the Texas Water Development Board with the monies earmarked to fund the completion of water and sewage improvements in Rio Bravo and El Cenizo.
Judge Valdez worked with Commissioners Court to pass House Bill 136 which places limitations on taxes imposed on the elderly and disabled. For fiscal year 2007-2008 Judge Valdez submitted to Commissioners Court for approval a balanced budget with no increase in taxes and maintained the same tax rate as the previous year.
A major development during Valdez’s administration has been the connection of the first set of Colonia homes to water and sewer services. Colonia residents will now have access to water and sewer lines for their homes.
The Commissioners Court and Valdez agreed that it was time for them to protect and invest in a greener, more environmentally conscious Webb County, and therefore, approved tax abatements to move on and support clean renewable energy companies, like Cedro Hill. Cedro Hill represents a total investment of over $300 million dollars in Webb County that will provide much needed tax revenue for Webb County and in turn created nearly 200 new jobs since the beginning of its construction. The wind farms are currently operation and generate enough power to meet the needs of about 40,000 homes.
On October 1, 2010, Webb County made history by establishing their first ever Webb County Fire Suppression and EMS services department. Judge Danny Valdez and the Court of Commissioners worked diligently to overcome all obstacles in an effort to provide Webb County resident’s access to Fire and EMS protection services. Currently, they are working on expanding the County’s fire station and creating an emergency services district in order for this department to become an independent fixture in Webb County.
Judge Valdez has received numerous awards throughout his career. He was recognized as a Martin High School Tiger Legend in 2000 and was awarded the prestigious Liberty Bell Award by the Laredo Bar Association. He has also been awarded the Nuestro Orgullo Award by S.C.A.N. Judge Valdez has been named Parade Marshall for the Washington’s Birthday Youth Parade and has also been awarded the Raices Award. Judge Valdez was named 2005 Hispanic of the year by Lulac Council #7 and was awarded the Lulac Council #12 Community Service Award. In 2007 Judge Valdez received Lo Mejor de lo Nuestro Award and the Tejano Achiever Award by Lulac Council #12 as well as the Pioneer of the Year Award by the Domestic Violence Coalition. He was recipient of a very prestigious award, Paul Harris Fellow Award by the Rotary Club.
Judge Valdez is very involved with many community activities and goes the extra mile to help the youth of our community. He has worked with at-risk students for many years by addressing issues such as truancy, gang violence, drug abuse, teen pregnancy and juvenile delinquency. He has also worked closely with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Education Program to bring male and female inmates to our local Middle and High Schools to tell their life stories in an effort to educate, warn, and inform the students about the dangers and consequences involved in making the wrong choices.
Judge Danny Valdez worked with the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust in the development of the Lamar Bruni Vergara Boy’s Scout Camp Huisache and was also instrumental in the development of the Lamar Bruni Vergara Inner City Recreations Center.
Judge Valdez chairs his Annual Fishing Derby for which he has received state wide recognition for the past 17 years for physically challenged students. He also started the Special Student of the Month Program that recognizes physically challenged students from area high schools on a monthly basis.
He also chairs the Annual Avery Johnson Basketball Camp which allows students to sign up for the Camp and perform community service in lieu of paying a Camp fee. He has also awarded over $60,000 in scholarships to deserving students from the Laredo Independent School District. Judge Valdez started the Supply Our Students (S.O.S.) Campaign that has raised over 70 tons of school supplies to benefit our local students from both Laredo School Districts.