James D. Yarbrough

Galveston County Judge

Married to the former Carol Urbani for 31 years.  They have two children: daughter Ashley, her husband Dustin Dusek, and a son Beau, a graduate of the  University of Texas, and they are the proud grandparents of Luke Dusek, future graduate of UT Class of 2029!

Degrees – BBA, University of Texas, 1977, with majors in finance, accounting and real estate.

James D. Yarbrough has served as the Galveston County Judge since January 1, 1995 and is a native of Galveston and graduate of Ball High School.

Jim attended the University of Texas at Austin on an athletic scholarship and captained the Longhorn Southwest conference Football Championship team.    He was also named to the All-Southwest Conference football team and the first player in the NCAA to play as a graduate student.

Under Judge Yarbrough’s leadership Galveston County adopted a unified County Road System.  The County has developed partnerships with the National Weather Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety – Division of Emergency Management and the Galveston County Emergency Communication District (911) to bring various agencies under one roof.    Even after the devastation of Hurricane Ike the Bond Election in November 2008 to continue to improve roads, facilities and flood control projects passed successfully.

Recipient of:

          Galveston County Daily News Citizen of the Year
          Boy Scouts of America – Bay Area council distinguished Citizen
          College of the Mainland Outstanding Services to Education Award
          Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s QUASAR Award
          Communities In Schools Starlight Award
          State Friend of Extension Services
          Prevent Blindness – Person of Vision
          Charles A. Jacobson Award – Bay Area Transportation Partnership