Statement from Harris County Judge on the Resignation of County Clerk Diane Trautman

May 9, 2020

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo today released the following statement regarding the resignation of Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman. Hidalgo accepted Trautman’s resignation earlier today and Trautman’s final day as County Clerk will be May 31st:

“Dr. Trautman embodies the spirit of the community she has served. In her brief time as County Clerk, Dr. Trautman has fought to make it easier for citizens to participate in elections and make their voices heard. At the very first Commissioners Court meeting after we were both inaugurated, she led the charge to allow citizens to vote at any polling place on election day, regardless of their assigned precinct. She expanded voting locations to include colleges and universities and expanded hours and early voting opportunities for all. Now, during the coronavirus crisis, she has led the push for mail ballot voting, securing a $12 million commitment from Commissioners Court to ensure residents can vote safely, by mail if necessary, or at the polling location. Commissioners Court will appoint her replacement. In the meantime, on behalf of the residents of Harris County, I thank her for serving our community with pride, dedication, and an ambitious agenda.”