Taking Up the Charge

Women Commissioners in Harris County

The Harris County Archives celebrates National Women’s History Month with a spotlight on women Harris County Commissioners, which are represented in the holdings of the Harris County Archives. This month we recognize the women that came before us, blazing a path in county government. 

Commissioners Court is a board of four elected commissioners and a judge who govern Harris County. The job of the Commissioner’s Court has expanded since its inception under the Constitution of 1876 from basic responsibilities of setting tax rates, building and maintaining roads and bridges, establishing courthouses and jails, and providing relief to the indigent, to now include calling for bond elections, budgeting, the creation of parks and libraries, flood control, and supporting programs to benefit the citizens of Harris County.