Ruben Vogt has been named interim El Paso County judge, according to El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM. Vogt serves on the board of Equality Texas.
County Judge Veronica Escobar resigned to run for Congress to replace Beto O’Rourke, who is running for the U.S. Senate. Vogt was Escobar’s chief of staff.
Vogt is the second openly-gay person to serve as a county judge in Texas. The first was Jim Foster, who was elected in the Democratic sweep of Dallas County in 2006. Foster served for one term.
Vogt is getting married this week. Escobar is officiating at the ceremony. Equality Texas CEO Chuck Smith said Vogt will serve as interim, but doesn’t have plans to run for the office.
— David Taffet