By: Paige Hubbard
Juli Mathew is a mother of three, a wife and now history maker as she becomes the first woman from South Asia to have a seat on the bench as a judge in fort bend county.
“I’m ecstatic, I really hope to serve the public in fort bend county and make those who have voted for me and who have campaigned for me and have trusted me with this position, I want to make them proud.” Said, Juli Mathew.
NTV Houston was afforded the opportunity to attend her swearing-in ceremony where dozens of people poured into courtroom number three to celebrate her latest achievement and show support.
Public figures from the South Asian Community were also present and NTV Houston was able to speak to them about what this day means to them and the entire South Asian Community.
“We thought about Fort Bend and the way it looks, the diverse community she represents fort bend she will represent everybody,” said fort bend Democrat Nishan Khan.
Juli came here as an immigrant when she was 10 years old. She says just to be in this position is by the grace of God. One of her hopes is that people who look at her regardless of their life circumstances right now can aspire to think if she can do it, they can do it as well.
Her family was right by her side as they have been every step of the way leading up to this day. Julie took the oath while holding her baby girl in her arms. This illustrated that women can have work-life balance, despite what the society says.
“We all came together 30 years ago to America it was my parent’s dream to do something good for their kids and I’m absolutely proud of her, my parents are proud of her. This is the sole reason they came here for their kids so I’m happy to see their dream come true as well,” said her brother Johnson Thomas.
“Thank you so much for voting for me for helping me get into this position. I couldn’t have done it without the support of our communities and all those who stepped up, so true for the bottom of my heart thank you and I hope to serve you w
NTV Houston would like to formally congratulate Julie, her victory was not just a win for her but for all the brown boys and girls who come from a similar background.
ell.” Julie ended