Rosaura P. “Wawi” Tijerina serves as Webb County Commissioner for Precinct Two (2). She was elected to the Commissioner’s Court in November 2006 and took office in January of 2007 to serve a four year term. She was re-elected in the 2010 Democratic Primary and ran unopposed on November 2, 2010. She began her second four year term on January 1, 2011. Commissioner Tijerina was re-elected in the Democratic Primary in March, 2014 and will run unopposed in the November 2014 General Election. Commissioner Tijerina is currently serving in her third consecutive term as Webb County Commissioner for Precinct Two.
Precinct Two encompasses the largest rural areas of Webb County, including the Quad City areas of Oilton and Bruni, Texas. She is committed to improving the quality of life and economic growth for the citizens of Precinct Two and Webb County as a whole.
Wawi is a native Laredoan, educated in the Laredo public school system, graduating from Martin High School in 1976. Despite coming from humble beginnings, Wawi refused to let go of her dream to go to college. She attended Laredo Junior College, where she obtained an Associate of Arts degree in 1978. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1979 from Southwest Texas State University, after which she returned to Laredo to do her graduate work at Laredo State University. In 1982, Wawi began her studies at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence in May, 1985.
After her admission to the State Bar of Texas, she began practicing law and has been doing so for 20 years. She also worked as a professor for the Regional Police Academy from 1989 – 1998. In 1998 she was elected as Judge for the Municipal Court of the City of Laredo, Texas, where she served until 2002. It was through her concern for the citizens of Laredo and her determination that she was able to convince the City Council of the need for a new Municipal Court building which could comfortably accommodate the citizens. Wawi also worked as a Criminal Justice Professor at Laredo Community College from 1988 – March 2008, having had the privilege of teaching many who are now Laredo’s finest police officers and federal agents. Numerous professional organizations and community involvement which Wawi has been a part of include the American Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Webb County Bar Association, Webb County Women’s Bar Association (Founder), Women’s City Club, United Way, Delta Kappa Gamma, Texas Community College Teachers Association, Community College Criminal Justice Educators of Texas, American Association of University Women and the Laredo Gateway Rotary Club. She has served in the Advisory Boards of Crimestoppers, S.C.A.N. (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect), Children’s Advocacy Center, Special Populations, Regional Police Academy, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, South Texas Workforce Development Board (Vice-Chair), Drug Elimination Program and Casa Misericordia Shelter for Battered Women. Wawi is a graduate of Leadership Laredo (1995) and Leadership Texas (2001). Wawi is married to Omar Tijerina and together they have one son, Omar Tijerina, Jr.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
• Attorney at Law with more than 25 years legal experience handling
diverse civil and criminal litigation;
• 20 years experience as Criminal Justice Professor;
• Over 9½ years experience as a Police Academy Instructor;
• Municipal Court Judge for the City of Laredo, Texas;
• County Commissioner for Webb County, Texas;
• Skilled communicator.
2007-pres. WEBB COUNTY, Laredo, Texas
• Currently represent the largest precinct in Webb County on the Commissioners’ Court.
• Assists in the budgetary decisions for all areas of Webb County, including the judiciary, law enforcement, roads and bridges and all support departments.
• Oversee the operation of four community centers, a self-help center and nutrition center.
• Represents Webb County in numerous boards and committees.
1989-pres. Law Office of Rosaura “Wawi” Tijerina
Attorney at Law
• Litigate hundreds of state cases, including civil, criminal and probate cases that cover a broad range of legal issues.
• Develop and implement litigation, discovery, settlement and trial strategies.
• Represent clients in mediations, arbitration and settlement negotiations.
• Represent clients in jury trials, court trials and appeals.
• Counsel clients on a variety of complex issues.
August 1988 – March 2008: Laredo Community College
Criminal Justice Professor
• Taught thousands of students, which included some of the finest Police Officers, State and Federal Agents who continue to serve our community.
• Known for an interactive teaching style that encouraged student participation and enthusiasm while facilitating learning.
• Developed syllabi, teaching models and peer-to-peer teaching to foster collaborative learning.
• Always encouraged a high degree of student involvement though presentation of relevant issues and interactive teaching styles.
• Assisted students with research topic selections; edited and evaluated student writing projects; prepared and graded examinations;
• Consistently received excellent evaluations from students.
January 1999 – 2002: Juvenile Referee
• Heard detention hearings regarding juvenile offenders.
May 2, 1998 – 2002: City of Laredo, Texas
Municipal Court Judge
• Heard all traffic violations, appeals and trials related to motor vehicle violations.
January 1989 – August 1998: Regional Police Academy, Instructor
August 1985 – August 1988: Webb County District Attorney’s Office, Paralegal
August 1980 – May 1982: Hon. U.S. Congressman Abraham Kazen, Jr., Staff Member
February 1979 – July 1988: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census,
September 1978 – May 1979: Southwest Texas State University Police, Staff Member
September 1977 – May 1978: Laredo Junior College – Student Activities
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law
- Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 11, 1985
Laredo State University
- Graduate Work
Southwest Texas State University
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, December 22, 1979
Laredo Jr. College
- Associate of Arts, May 12, 1978
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
South Texas Regional Review Committee – Appointed by Governor Rick
Perry in 2007
South Texas Workforce Development Board, Chairperson, Board of
Junior Achievement – Board Member
United Way – Member
Crime Stoppers, Advisory Board Member
Stop Child Abuse and Neglect, Advisory Board Member
Child Advocacy Center, Advisory Board Member
Boys and Girls Club of America, Advisory Board Member
Casa Misericordia Shelter for Battered Women, Advisory Board Member
Blessings in a Backpack – Board Member
American Bar Association, Member
Texas Bar Association, Member
Webb County Bar Association, Member
Webb County Women’s Bar Association, Founder
Woman’s City Club, Member
Delta Kappa Gamma
Texas Community College Teachers Association
Community College Criminal Justice Educators of Texas
American Association of University Women
Special Populations, Advisory Board Member
Regional Police Academy, Advisory Board Member
Drug Elimination Program, Advisory Board Member
Leadership Texas, Class of 2001, Graduate
Leadership Laredo, Class of 1995, Graduate
Laredo Gateway Rotary Club, Member
NISOD – Teaching Excellence Award – Laredo Community College
Southern University: Chicano Law Student Association:
Student of the year award, 1984 and 1985
Southwest Texas State University:
Criminal Justice Association Award, April 1979
Laredo Community College:
Dean’s List (Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better);
Texas Southern University:
Chicano Law Student Association – Secretary
Southwest Texas State University:
Criminal Justice Student Association – Member
Laredo Community College:
Law Enforcement Club – Secretary/Treasurer
Student Government – Member