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Harris County Commissioners Court meets at the administrative building on Preston Street in Houston.

Harris County Commissioners Court meets at the administrative building on Preston Street in Houston.

Now that the Nov. 6 elections are behind us, a number of new and returning officials will soon assume their roles in U.S., state and local positions.

Newly elected officials in Harris County, including the new county judge, Lina Hidalgo, will take office Jan. 1, according to the Harris County Clerk’s Office.

The new county judge will take office in January among other new faces to offices such as county treasurer and district clerk. However, Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle will remain, having been re-elected in the midterm election.

At the state level, legislators-elect will take office Jan. 8, the first day of the 86th legislative session, including Sam Harless, new Texas House District 126 Representative-elect.

For those elected to the U.S. Congress, including new Rep. Dan Crenshaw, the 116th Congress will convene on Jan. 3, when the members-elect will be sworn into their new positions, according to the U.S. Constitution.
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.