Of 254 county court judges in Texas, only 27 are women.
Becky Wilbanks holds the distinction of being the first female judge of Cass County. Elected in 2014, she began serving Jan 1, 2015, and is halfway through her second term.
You may recognize her name — it has been in the Texarkana Gazette quite often in relation to the Emergency Operations Center and COVID-19 updates.
With five years as county judge behind her, and 28 years as district clerk prior to that, Becky is no stranger to government. Before the clerk position, she had other jobs in Cass County government.
"I worked in the county auditor's office while finishing my college degree, and then after graduation I worked in the criminal district attorney's office before running for district clerk," she said. "I love county government and I always had the desire and dream to someday be elected county judge. When I felt the time was right to pursue that goal, I took the leap of faith."
To become the county judge, Becky won the primary and was unopposed in the general election.
"As Cass County's first female county judge, I did not have any issues related to gender when I took office," she said. "I was, and am, very blessed. I work with a great court and all are respectful and professional."
Born in Lindale, Texas, Becky attended Tyler Junior College, where she was an Apache Belle, the precision dance and high-kick line that began in 1947. After she married and moved to Cass County in 1979, she completed her degree at Texas A&M University-Texarkana while working in the county auditor's office. Her husband, and father of her children, was a cancer victim and died in 2013.
In 2019, she married Craig Lindholm, a city administrator in Winnsboro, Texas. This year, Becky has been doing her best to make sure the people of Cass County are safe during the pandemic.
"There is not a minute in my day that I am not thinking about it," she said. "It has consumed my life in every aspect."