November 21, 2003 - San Antonio Express: Former Peace Corps Staffer Phil Hardberger decides he won't run for mayor of San Antonio

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Former Peace Corps Staffer Phil Hardberger decides he won't run for mayor of San Antonio

Former Peace Corps Staffer Phil Hardberger decides he won't run for mayor of San Antonio

Retired judge decides he won't run for mayor

By Jaime Castillo
Express-News Political Editor

Web Posted : 11/21/2003 12:00 AM

Phil Hardberger, the retired appellate court judge who flirted with the idea of a political comeback in recent months, said Thursday he will not run for mayor of San Antonio in 2005.

The 69-year-old former chief justice of the state's 4th Court of Appeals, whose potential mayoral candidacy had created a stir in the political community, said he decided the demands of the job were too great.

"I have never made a decision that has caused me greater anguish," Hardberger wrote in a letter to the San Antonio Express-News. "It is my belief that, in all probability, I could in 2005 become the mayor of a city that I love.

"This is a great honor, but also a great responsibility," he wrote. "I could not take it lightly."

Hardberger's trademark mix of scholarly intellect and folksy charm was evidenced throughout the three-page letter.

The former trial lawyer, whose experiences include working for the Peace Corps and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, cited the often slow pace of change at City Hall as a factor in his decision.

"I'm blessed with good health, but I can't help notice that the afternoon shadows lengthen and the sun is no longer in the zenith," he wrote. "Adding the years that are necessary in being an effective mayor, whether it be four or eight, to my age means the rest of my healthy life may well be consumed by public affairs."

He also said he could not put his family on the sidelines again, particularly his wife, Linda, "whose hair has changed from raven-black to gray in our 35 years of marriage."

The unexpected withdrawal immediately was considered a boost for the mayoral chances of City Councilman Julián Castro.

Although city races are nonpartisan, Castro and Hardberger are Democrats and would have competed against each other for campaign funds and endorsements.

The other likely mayoral contender is Councilman Carroll Schubert, whose traditional base of support is more Republican.

"If Hardberger decides not to run, that will give Julián (Castro) the usual Democratic vote," said Henry Flores, a St. Mary's University political scientist.

Reached by phone at his downtown office, Hardberger said his decision was in no way shaped by a lack of support in the community.

Hardberger had spent recent days discussing his potential candidacy with community leaders.

"I found no disappointments in my conversations," Hardberger said. "Everyone I talked to not only encouraged me to make the race, but said I could win it."


Phil Hardberger- Chief Justice Phil Hardberger has served on the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio since April 1994, when he was appointed to the bench by Governor Ann Richards. He was elected to a full term as a Justice on the Court in 1994. He was unopposed for the office of Chief Justice in the November 1996 election, and he took office January 1, 1997. Before joining the bench, he practiced law for 26 years and was the senior partner in the law firm of Hardberger and Rodriguez, Inc. Chief Justice Hardberger obtained his law degree from Georgetown University in 1965, his B.A. from Baylor University in 1955, and his M.S. from Columbia University in 1960. Before beginning his active law practice, he served as Executive Secretary for the worldwide Peace Corps from 1962-1966, and as Special Assistant to Director Sargent Shriver at the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington D.C. in 1967-1968. He is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Specialization. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the San Antonio Bar Association, and is a charter member and former President of the America Inns of Court William S. Sessions Chapter. He has served as Past Chair, Pattern Jury Charge, Workers' Compensation; Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court; Past President, San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association and former director of Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Chief Justice Hardberger is the author of Texas Courtroom Evidence (Michie-Parker Publications, Inc.), and Texas Workers' Compensation Trial Manual (Michie-Parker Publications, Inc.), and more than 100 articles and speeches. He is also a frequent lecturer at CLE programs. In non-legal activities, Chief Justice Hardberger has flown in his own single engine airplane across the Atlantic, from San Antonio to Paris in 1977, from San Antonio to Madrid in 1981, and from San Antonio to Brazil in 1983. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro(1990), Mount Rainier (1991), Mount Popocatepetl (1992), and hiked 120 miles across the Swiss Alps from Switzerland to Italy (1992). He has also sailed across the Gulf of Mexico, from Galveston to Veracruz in his own 42-foot sailboat, Aimless, taking first place honors in the Regata de Amigos Race in 1996.

Vita-Phil Hardberger

Present Occupation: Chief Justice, Fourth District of Texas, Court of Appeals. San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. January 1, 1997-Present.

Address: Bexar County Justice Center, 300 Dolorosa, Suite 3200, San Antonio, TX 78205-3037, (210) 335-2635.

Personal: Married; Linda Hardberger, Chief Curator McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; Two Chidren; Amy Hardberger and Kimberlea Jones, San Antonio.

Work History: April 5, 1994 to December 31, 1996, Justice Fourth District of Texas, Court of Appeals, San Antonio, Bexar County Texas.

1970-1993, Senior Law Partner, Hardberger & Rodriguez, Inc. San Antonio, Texas.

1968-1970 Attorney, Law Office of Warren Burnett, Odessa, Texas.

1967-1968 Special Assistant to Sargent Shriver, Director Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, D.C.

1962-1966, Executive Secretary, Peace Corps.

1954-1955, Editor, Baylor Lariet, Baylor University Daily Paper, Waco, Texas.

1952-1954, Copy Clerk and Reporter, Waco News Tribune, Waco, Texas.

Author: Texas Courtroom Evidence Book, Texas Workers' Compensation Trial Manual Book. Over 115 Articles and Speeches.

Education: Georgetown University, LL.B., 1965.

Columbia University, M.S., 1960.

Baylor University, B.A., 1955.

Military Experience: 1955-1958, Jet Pilot, Captain, U.S.A.F.

Offices Held and Honors Recieved: 1999 Outstanding Law Journal Article Award for Juries Under Siege; Texas Bar Foundation.

Moderator, Advanced Personal Injury Law Conference, May 13, 1999; South Texas College of Law affiliated with Texas A&M University.

1999 Star of Texas Public Service Award for Judicial Ethic and Excellence; Common Cause Texas.

Course Director, 8th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Seminar, 1995; State Bar of Texas.

President, America Inns of Court, 1994-1995 (William Sessions Chapter).

Past President, San Antonio Trial Lawyers' Association.

Past State Director, Texas Trial Lawyers' Association.

Past Director, San Antonio Bar Association.

Chairman, Pattern Jury Charge, Workers' Compensation.

Course Director, 4th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, 1988, State Bar of Texas.

Board Certified Personal injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1979 to Present.

Democratic Party Chairman, Bexar County, 1968-1970.

Who's Who in America, 1965 to Present.

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By werwe ( - on Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 8:47 am: Edit Post


Hardberger is an IDIOT!!!

By werwe ( - on Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 8:53 am: Edit Post


Hardberger is an IDIOT!!!

By P.A.Crone ( - on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 2:04 pm: Edit Post

Most of the accused find their judge to be an, "IDIOT". I would consider the history and character of the person that posted the
"IDIOT" comment and recognize the intellect and service of Phil Hardberger. On the more truthful merits, I would vote for Hardberger and consider the source when angry, arrogant, "still wet behind the ears" school boy defendents call him an idiot.
What does the Bible say about those who call someone an idiot or say "raca"?
What is there destiny?
I know Hardberger is something, because God don't make no junk.

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