First female Travis County judge sworn in

The first female county judge in Travis County history was sworn in Friday.

It was a standing room only crowd at the Travis County Commissioners court as 16-year-county judge Sam Biscoe turned the reigns over to Sarah Eckhardt.

Eckhardt is the first woman to hold the position in Travis County.

As far as what she plans to tackle head-on, she says transportation is a priority, as well as water supply and environmental flow.

We asked Eckhardt about her historical distinction.

"Well, I think that we have a very liberal county, a very liberal community and I think it's a long time coming that we have a first woman Travis County judge," Eckhardt said.

Judge Biscoe weighed in on his successor.

"She's smart, professional, mature... sound judgment, common sense and she means well. And she wants to be a good public servant, plus she knows what the job is about, that's real important," he said.

As for Biscoe's future, he says he's been working since he was 14 years old so he plans on taking it easy for the next couple of months but he says he's not sure if that will last. He sees himself continuing to be as productive as possible.

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