Getting to know Robert Updegrove

    Robert Updegrove is a long time San Marcos resident, a practicing local attorney, and a judicial candidate for Hays County Court at Law 1. Robert Updegrove and his siblings were born and raised on the Texas Gulf Coast.  They graduated from Aransas Pass High School knowing that they were expected not only to attend, but to graduate from college.  His parents and grandparents were nvolved in the commercial fishing industry, with strong ties to and a watchful eye over the continued health of this community. In addition, his father assisted lobbying efforts for Seafood Producers Association for both the rights of those involved in commercial fishing and for the protection of this precious natural resource. Over the years, Robert Updegrove has worked in and has experience with: commercial fishing, construction, aviation, education and the legal profession.  As a child and throughout college, Robert and his brother owned and operated a commercial fishing/shrimping business.
      He taught Business Management classes at Palo Alto College in San Antonio and was a technical writer contracted to Northwest Airlines.  He co-owned a specialty residential renovation company.  Robert now practices law full time serving both criminal and civil cases in Hays County and the surrounding communities.  He also practices mediation in civil law suits. 
    Robert Updegrove is a firm believer in service to the community and giving back to the community he lives in.  This is an attitude that he shares with his wife and they stress to their children.  Robert has been active with youth sports, coaching several teams with friends and family. He has worked locally on several Cattle Barron benefits supporting American Cancer Society.  Robert was the treasurer for United Way of Hays County and is currently serving as a board member.  Robert is a member of Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  He is active in the Republican Party and a member of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of various youth booster clubs.  Robert is a member and deacon of First Christian Church.

Robert's Thoughts On Our County Court Judicial System

    People want judges who focus their time and attention on the work of the court.  They want a person who works tirelessly for the citizens of their county.  Someone who is fair, accessible, decisive, even tempered, a person who they feel is on their side and one who can make the tough decisions. 
    Robert Updegrove recognizes that people can, and often do, disagree in good faith on many issues.  In all contested matters, there are two sides. As judge, Robert will listen to both sides prior to making a decision. Robert Updegrove believes "We need judges who decide cases based on what the law is, not what they think it should be … not biased toward defense or prosecution … plaintiff or defendant or special interest."
    Every success Robert Updegrove has enjoyed has come as the result of hard work.  He will continue to work both hard and smart for the citizens of Hays County as Judge of the County Court at Law #1.