Antonio Oscar "Tony" Garza, Jr.
(born 7 July 1959, in Brownsville, Texas
), an American lawyer
and former county judge in Texas
, was the United States Ambassador
from 2002 to 2009.
Early life and education
Garza, the son of gas station owner,"", Houston Chronicle
, April 22, 2005. graduated from Saint Joseph Academy
in Brownsville, the seat of Cameron County on the Gulf of Mexico coast in far south Texas. He is the grandson of Mexican immigrants to the United States.
Garza received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin
in 1980 and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1983 from Southern Methodist University School of Law
Public service and career
Antonio O. Garza served as a partner in the Austin office of Bracewell & Patterson, L.L.P. (now Bracewell & Giuliani
), a Houston-based law firm.
In 1988, Garza was the first Republican elected to countywide office in traditionally Democratic south Texas. Garza served six years as Cameron County Judge, the top executive in the county. He worked to provide water and sanitation services to lower income areas called “colonias” and pursued health care partnerships aimed at new immigrants and indigent and marginalized populations. A fiscal conservative, Garza also led Cameron County’s efforts to raise its bond rating with industry leaders. Cameron County was, at... Read More