I was lawfully emigrated from Mexico to the United States by my parents when I was nine years old. I went to school in South Central Los Angeles and graduated in 1980, while working part-time in a fast food restaurant. I met and married Jaime, a U.S. Marine in 1981. Monica, our first daughter was born in California in 1982. Soon thereafter, we received military orders to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, where our second daughter, Jessica was born in 1986
Wife of a Marine
As the wife of a Marine, the reality that my husband might not come home one day and that it would be up to me to provide for our daughters motivated me to go to college.
I received an Associate’s Degree with Academic Distinction from Arizona Western College in 1992. In 1994, I completed my Bachelor of Science, with Academic Excellence, from Northern Arizona University. I completed both degrees all while raising our daughters and supporting my husband’s numerous military deployments.
With much support from my husband and daughters, I attended law school and graduated from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1997 and became licensed in Texas the same year. My first professional job was as an Assistant County Attorney, in Starr County, Texas.
Fort Bend County became our home when Jaime, a native Texan, received military orders to Houston in 1998. We bought a home in Sugar Land and became parishioners at Saint Laurence Parish. In June 2009 we moved to Richmond, Texas where we currently reside
Successful Fort Bend County Lawyer and Mom
I opened my own law office in Fort Bend County and began practicing law locally. In my 18 years of law practice, I handled family matters, felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile cases, probate and civil matters. I also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. I became President of the Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association in 2009.
Both my daughters graduated from Clements High School and Stephen F. Austin State University. Monica earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree. She taught at Briscoe Junior High. Monica is now an assistant principal for George Jr. High School. Monica is married to Rafael Auffant. They have 1 son Rafael IV (1). Jessica has a Bachelor’s Degree from SFA and a Law Degree from South Texas Law School. She practices law in Fort Bend County and is married to Cecilio Moreno. They have 2 children; Diego (11) and David (5).
Jaime completed 22 years of military service and retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001. He is a Desert Shield / Desert Storm Combat Veteran. He joined the Houston Police Department in 2002 and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Houston Downtown. Jaime retired from the Houston Police Department as a Sergeant on June 2019.
On March 4, 2014, I ran unsuccessfully for County Court at Law No. 1 in the Fort Bend County Republican Primary. The race was interesting and I made a great impression upon the citizens of Fort Bend County.
A Judge Serving Texas and Fort Bend County
On October 2014, Governor Rick Perry appointed me as the Judge of the 400th Judicial District Court. I was humbled and felt blessed by his appointment. As a public servant, I was honored to continue doing what I love best; serving the citizens of Fort Bend County and the State of Texas.
On March 2016 I won the Republican Primary and the November 2016 General Election. My experiences in life and in law practice have made the transition as a Judge very comfortable. I am proud to say that the function and the efficiency of the 400 Judicial Court has been improved.
On March 2020 I was unopposed in the Republican Primary and I am seeking Re-Election in the November 2020 General Election.