Judge George Risner
As a lifetime resident of Precinct 2, Judge Risner has dedicated his time to his constituents for over 32 years. He presides over both criminal and civil cases, including traffic, public health, small claims and occupational driver’s license hearings. Judge Risner is married to Bobbie K Risner, has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Judge Risner has been serving the community since he ran for office in 1971. First Elected when he was 19 years old for City Council in Galena Park. His passion for improving the recreation of the community was where it all started. Through rebuilding the place Judge calls home, his passion has always been to help people. Creating a safe, loving and thriving neighborhood is the goal. Many would say he has done just that.
When asking Honorable Judge Risner, "Why do you do what you do?", you feel his passion for helping people and the community of Galena Park. Most courts wouldn’t take much time with an 11-year-old troublemaker, but Justice of the Peace George Risner did what the Houston Independent School District had refused to do: have the imbalanced youngster checked out by mental health professionals. Now the youth is on medication – and back on track in school. Judge George Risner, in his 22+ years on the bench, has proved time and time again that he’s determined to take his responsibilities far beyond just clearing dockets. He’s held court at night and on weekends to be more accessible to the public and to parents. The former Houston building inspector has a rock-solid record in innovative programs to fight youthful problems, such as truancy and juvenile delinquency. While Judge George Risner has received extensive training, he doesn’t have a law degree. What he does have is more than enough: respect, passion, innate fairness and a keen interest in helping others.
Born: Galena Park, Texas - Lifetime Resident
Education: Galena Park High School - Houston Community College - Kilgore Jr. College - Lee Jr. College - University of Houston
Professional Memberships: Past and Present
Pasadena Rotary Club
S. P. Waltrip Masonic Lodge #1328 AF & AM
Harris County Mayor and Councilman’s Association
Recipient of the 1992 Texas Life Membership PTA Award, presented by the Galena Park ISD
Recipient of the Paul Harrison Award, Pasadena Rotary
Board of Directors for Community in School (CIS) - Pasadena ISD
Member Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
Chairman - Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Metro Go Texan Committee
Director, Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo
Member of Galena Park Chamber of Commerce
Member of South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce
Member of North Channel Chamber of Commerce
Director-Hollis, Huff & Company, P.C. (Certified Public Accountants)
Chairman - Jacinto City/Galena Park Harris County Metro Go Texan Committee
Member Pasadena Board of Realtors
Member International Conference of Building Officials
Member Gulf Coast Building Officials Association
Member Williams Elementary PTA (Pasadena, Texas)
Member Queens Intermediate PTA (Pasadena, Texas)
Member Texas Municipal League, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Pack Chairman, Cub Scout Den 3359
The Association of Women Attorneys
Texas AFL-CIO & Harris County AFL-CIO Council
“C” Club of Houston
HRBC – Houston Realty Business Coalition
Area 5 Democrats
Afro-American Sheriff’s Deputy League
Pasadena Bar Association
Houston Black American Democrats
"George Risner's commitment extends beyond the bench and into the community.
He is always available to support Juvenile Programs, Youth Groups and Senior
Programs." - Neil E. West, Jr.
"George continues to stay close to and very accessible to the people."
- R.P. "Bobby" Barrett, Mayor, Galena Park
"I am touched by Judge Risner's compassion for families in tough situations."
- Marciela Mirales Serna