RICHMOND (Covering Katy News) – Democrat K.P. George was sworn-in as Fort Bend County Judge on Tuesday morning. He replaces Republican Robert Hebert who held the position for a decade-and-a-half.
“Never give up,” was the advice of George. It was also the theme of his remarks following the Jan. 1 swearing-in ceremony at the Fort Bend County Justice Center in Richmond.
“Thank you for believing in me when many people didn’t believe in me,” he said.
The Indian-American talked about his unlikely road to becoming the chief executive of Fort Bend County.
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“From a South Indian Farmhouse to Fort Bend County Texas judgeship, that is not an easy journey,” he said. “That’s a story of perseverance. It’s the story of rejection. It’s the story of never giving up.”
He promised an administration that will inspire young people, and be more engaged with the community. He also promised emergency management changes as residents still remember the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
“It’s not about K.P. George, it’s about the people of Fort Bend County,” George said.
George spent 24 years in the financial business and 5 years as a Fort Bend ISD board trustee before being elected in a Democratic Party landslide in the demographically changing Fort Bend County. George campaigned on modernizing the county’s emergency preparedness plan, creating a flood control district, total transparency in county government, better community engagement through citizen’s committees with quarterly town hall meetings, and he promised to empower youth. Now the next step is putting his promises into action.
“We came a long way. I give all the praise to my Lord,” George said.
Watch the swearing-in ceremony below.