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County Judge VogtAbout Ruben John Vogt

Ruben is a native of Canutillo, TX where he grew up on a small farm with his parents Ruben and Hortencia Vogt. A first generation college graduate, he holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and English/American Literature from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he also earned a Master’s of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies. Ruben Vogt is committed to strengthening his community by helping empower others to create lasting social change.

At 19, Ruben served as the founding Director of CYnergy (civic.youth.energy); a program of UTEP’s Center for Civic Engagement aimed at building social capital by developing disadvantaged border youth into social entrepreneurs. For his work, Ruben has received multiple national awards like the Brower Youth Award, the Young People For National Award for Outstanding Empowerment & Outreach and recipient of the 2013 People for the American Way Norman Lear Award for social justice and advocacy. Ruben’s commitment to youth advocacy and empowerment garnered national attention from the likes of actor/activist Alec Baldwin who traveled to El Paso for the program’s inaugural year to help train its students and hold a community forum on activism.


Ruben’s dedication to service and leadership led to his being selected as the first UTEP student to be named a recipient of the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a highly competitive federal award given to only 70 college juniors annually. He was also recognized as one of the 54 young leaders in the U.S. whose story was published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teen Soul.”

In 2016 Ruben received the Breakthrough Leader Award by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. In 2014 Ruben was named one of El Paso’s Top 30 Under 30 by El Paso Magazine. He has served on the Board of Directors for the UTEP Alumni Association as the Vice President of Membership. In 2016, Ruben was asked to serve as El Paso’s first representative on the Board of Directors for Equality Texas, which is the state’s largest LBGTQ rights advocacy group that works to secure full equality through political action, education, community organizing and collaboration. He now serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board.

Professionally, he has served as a Legislative Analyst for the Texas Senate focusing on healthcare, border policy and environmental issues. Ruben began working for El Paso County in October of 2007 as the Policy and Programs Coordinator for then County Commissioner Veronica Escobar. Between 2011 – 2015 he served as Public Policy Director for County Judge Veronica Escobar and most recently as Chief of Staff from 2015 – October 2017. On October 2, 2017, Ruben was appointed as El Paso County Judge to complete Judge Escobar’s unexpired term.