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Phil Hardberger

 

Hardberger was born in Morton, Texas in Cochran County July 27, 1934. In 1943, the family moved to O'Donnell in Lynn County. As a youth, Hardberger worked in cotton gins in the area. Hardberger's mother taught school in O'Donnel for thirty-three years.

 

Hardberger is a politician, lawyer, and judge. He served as mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 2005 to 2009. A Democrat, he was elected on a non-partisan ballot.

 

 Hardberger was a captain in the United States Air Force and piloted B-47 bombers. He was the executive secretary of the Peace Corps during the administration of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. He was a special assistant to the director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

 

In 1968, He he was appointed Associate Justice and then Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals. As chief justice, he presided over the Littleton v. Prange case, invalidating marriages in the court's jurisdiction if the transgender partner is of the same birth sex. It simultaneously also opened the option for some same-sex couples to marry as long as the two partners were assigned to the opposite sex at birth.

 

 

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