Elma Teresa Salinas Ender
|Elma Teresa Salinas Ender|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Texas District 341|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Bill White|
|Succeeded by:||Beckie Palomo|
When Ender was appointed to the court in 1983 she was both the fist Hispanic person and the youngest woman to be appointed to a Texas district court. Holding the position for eight terms unchallenged, she was considered to be the longest serving district judge in Webb County. At the time of her appointment, then Governor Bill White was making a conscious effort to ensure Texas government better embodied the diversity of its citizens. Reflecting back, Ender remembers,"he changed basically the face and complexion of the State of Texas that year.". Ender took the opportunity to represent Hispanic women seriously and when she came up for re-election the next year she stated, "I really felt like I had to win not just because of me but because of all of those that would follow."
In June 2011, Judge Ender announced that she would be retire and at the end of 2012, after nearly three decades of service, Ender left the bench.