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Celebrating the Success of Three Indian-American Democrats Sworn in as Fort Bend County Judges

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America celebrates the success of three Indian-American Democrats as Fort Bend County judges as they proceed to take the oath. Three Indian-American Democrats were sworn in as Fort Bend County Judges in the United States on Sunday. Juli A Mathew, K P George, and Surendran K Patel were among the newly elected and re-elected officials to take the oath of office. Juli A Mathew, who is a native of Thiruvalla in Kerala, is the first Indian-American woman to be elected to a judge’s bench in the U.S. four years ago. She was re-elected for a second term after defeating her Republican challenger Andrew Dornburg. Mathew was sworn in via videoconferencing and will continue to serve as the presiding judge for a period of four years. She was voted the administrative judge for the county courts by her peers and also heads the first Juvenile Intervention & Mental Health Court.

In a Facebook post after winning, Mathew wrote, “Thank you! I’m grateful to have been selected to serve the citizens of Fort Bend County for one more term. I’m grateful for every supporter, prayer warrior, and voter during this journey.” George, the first Indian-American to hold an office in Fort Bend County, won a second term as the county’s Judge in a narrow race in the November elections. He hails from Kerala’s Kakkodu City.

The County also welcomed district court judge Patel, who edged Edward M Krenek in the race for the 240th judicial district in November. Patel is a 52-year-old native of Kerala and has been a Texas attorney since 2009. Prior to that, he was a lawyer in India where he earned his law degree in 1995 from the University of Calicut. According to his website, in 2015, Patel was elected as the president of the Malayalee Association of Greater Houston, a 2,500-member non-profit organization that serves over 12,000 Indian families.

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