State district judge announces resignation

Ana Lisa Garza, 229th state district court judge, announced plans to step down from her position in a news release issued Monday.

“For the last seven years I have had the honor to serve Starr, Jim Hogg and Duval Counties as your 229th District Court judge,” she stated in the release. “I wake up every morning proud to serve in the job you elected me to do.”

Garza said she decided to resign in order to possibly serve the area in a different capacity.

“I have been fortunate to get to meet so many people during my two terms as judge in the courtrooms, in the community, at official functions, in our schools, hospitals and places of worship,” she said. “You have spoken to me about your concerns including job scarcity, crime, healthcare, education, business, infrastructure, our veterans, the justice system and our future — and our children’s future.”

She will announce her candidacy for a higher office during a news conference scheduled for noon on Wednesday in Rio Grande City.

Garza earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and earned her juris doctor degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

She was first elected to the 229th district court in 2010 and ran unopposed in 2014. Her current term was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2018.