Houston, Jan 2: Indian-American K P George was sworn in as Fort Bend County Judge, becoming the first person from the community to hold the office of one of America's most diverse counties.
“The Fort Bend Justice Center has never seen a room so full like today. I've been given an important responsibility which I will carry out to the very best of my ability to make our home a better place for our children & generations to come. I'm honoured to be your County Judge.” Tweeted K P George.
George, whose age is 53, a Democrat and Fort Bend Independent School District Board trustee, defeated Republican Judge Robert Hebert in November polls.
While in India, George grew up speaking Malayalam and lived in a straw-thatch hut. When he was 15, his family moved to a bigger city where he attended college.
After his graduation, he got a job in Mumbai, where for the first time he started speaking English. He worked in the Middle East before moving to New York in 1993 to work for a financial firm.
Later, he moved to Texas and has been living in the Fort Bend county ever since along with his family.
In the US, county judges' duties vary from state to state. Depending upon the size of the county, they perform a wide range of judicial and administrative duties.
"I will continue spreading the word of county services and involving all people into the process. It is a historic moment for me as well as for the county.
"We will continue to have an open-door policy for the most diverse county which represents people who speak over 100 languages. We are here to represent each one of them and ensure a better place for residents and children of this county," George said.
"I honestly believe this is the time for me to do public service rather than complain. I am taking responsibility to get involved and work for the US, the country that has given me everything I've dreamed of," Mr George added.