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Biography

Barbara Canales, was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas.  She was  valedictorian of the W. B. Ray High School graduating class of 1984.   She earned a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas and a law degree from the University of Houston School of Law.  She is the mother of five adult children.
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Description of Office

  • Presiding officer of the Commissioners Court.
  • Represents the county in many administrative functions.
  • Serves as budget officer in counties with fewer than 225,000 residents.
  • Most have broad judicial duties, such as presiding over misdemeanor criminal and small civil cases, probate matters and appeals from the Justice of the Peace Court.
  • Serves as head of emergency management.
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