Personal Life

The Honorable Raul Rodriguez

Judge Raul Rodriguez was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

A few months after he was born, his father immigrated to the United States in pursuit of a better life for his family, leaving behind his wife and two older sons: Judge Rodriguez and his older brother, Jorge. At the age of two, Judge Rodriguez’s mother packed up her two boys and immigrated to Houston, Texas to join her husband.

The second oldest of six boys, Judge Rodriguez grew up playing sports like baseball and football. Not yet a U.S. citizen, he graduated from John H. Reagan High School. Shortly after graduating from high school, he and his older brother applied to become U.S. citizens. Judge Rodriguez’s driving force in this endeavor was that he wanted to be able to vote. In 1980, he voted in his first presidential election.

Judge Rodriguez went on to attend the University of Houston. Starting off as a Biology major, he switched his focus to pursue a business degree during his sophomore year. He was actively involved in several student organizations during his college years. Along with some of his classmates, he helped established the Mexican American Business Students Association, which is now known as the Hispanic Business Students Association.

In 1982, he graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing, thus becoming the first in his family to receive an undergraduate degree. His first job after graduation was with Xerox Corporation as a sales representative. Soon thereafter, he went to work for their competitor, Minolta. After six and ½ years of working in the business community as a sales representative, he decided to change courses in life and return to school to pursue a law degree.

In 1989, he was accepted to South Texas College of Law in Houston. He graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1991 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree, once again becoming the first in his family to achieve such an accomplishment. After a few grueling months of preparation and anticipation, he passed the bar exam and became a licensed attorney in 1992.

Raul started his own law firm and has been primarily practicing criminal law for the past 26 years. He has tried cases ranging from speeding tickets to theft to assault to capital murder – and everything in between. In 2005, he was appointed to the position of Associate Judge for the City of Houston Municipal Courts by Mayor Bill White. Since then, he has been an Associate Judge for the City of Houston, presiding over Class C misdemeanors, while still maintaining a full-time law practice.

Judge Rodriguez is member of the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Houston Bar Association, National Hispanic Professional Organization, Hispanic Women in Leadership and various other business networking and non-profit organizations.

On January 1, 2019, Judge Rodriguez will begin his four-year term serving the citizens of Harris County as Judge for Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 13.

He currently resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, Patricia Limón de Rodriguez.