About Nelson Wolff

Nelson William Wolff has represented Bexar County in various political offices since 1971, when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. Thereafter he was elected to the Texas Senate in 1973, the San Antonio City Council in 1987, and served as Mayor of San Antonio from 1991 to 1995. He currently serves as Bexar County Judge, a position he was appointed to in 2001 and has since been elected to four times. He is currently pursuing a fifth term as Bexar County Judge. Nelson Wolff is only the second person in more than a century to serve as both Mayor of San Antonio and Bexar County Judge.

With his colleagues on the Commissioners Court and with the City of San Antonio, Judge Wolff works to promote and improve economic and workforce development in Bexar County. He is an adamant supporter of the emerging local tech industry and helped form the Innovation Fund, a $1 million allocation dedicated to spur jobs and growth in the tech sector. He also led the development and creation of BiblioTech, the nation’s first all-digital public library which now serves the community through several branches and kiosks.

Judge Wolff also initiated a $415 million visitor tax-backed bond that aided the construction of 13 amateur sports facilities, the Tobin Center for the Fine Arts, improvements to the AT&T Center, and improvements to the San Antonio River, including the eight-mile Mission Reach. River improvements proved vital to the UNESCO World Heritage designation for the Spanish colonial missions on San Antonio’s South Side.

Working with Bexar County, the San Antonio River Authority, and the City of San Antonio, Judge Wolff encouraged additional growth and city beautification with the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project. In addition to boosting economic development, the improvements project is also designed to revitalize natural habitat and improve flood control. In conjunction, Judge Wolff also aided in the continued improvement of HALT (High water Alert Lifesaving Technology) and the creation of BexarFlood.org.

Recently, the Commissioners Court funded two new sheriff patrol substations, a Reentry Services Center, and a Mental Health Facility in partnership with the Center for Health Care Services. Judge Wolff maintains continued partnerships with the 26 suburban cities to ensure all Bexar County citizens are safe and receive the best possible services.

Judge Wolff firmly believes his native San Antonio is a cultural, energetic, and vibrant city. He continues to pursue a Major League Soccer team to help showcase the talent and pride of San Antonio on a national scale.

Together, Wolff and his wife Tracy, President of the Hidalgo Foundation, have six children and eight grandchildren.


Community Boards and Commissions

  • Board of Directors – International Bank of Commerce, San Antonio – Chairman

Former Community Boards and Commissions

  • Board of Directors – Free Trade Alliance – Chairman
  • Board of Directors – Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce – Chairman
  • Board of Directors – St. Mary’s University
  • Board of Directors – World Affairs Council – Chairman and Co-Founder
  • Board of Directors – San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Trustees – City Public Service, San Antonio – Chairman
  • Board of Trustees – San Antonio Medical Foundation
  • Board of Directors – San Antonio Mobility Coalition (SAMCo) – Chair
  • Board of Trustees – San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI) – Co-Chair
  • Board of Directors – Metropolitan Partnership for Energy (MPE) – Chairman
  • Board of Trustees – Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio
  • Board of Advisors – Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Young Man of the Year – San Antonio Jaycees
  • World Affairs Council International Citizen of the Year
  • Boys and Girls Club National Hall of Fame
  • Outstanding Citizenship Award – Council of Churches
  • San Antonio’s baseball field is named Nelson W. Wolff Stadium
  • St. Mary’s University Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
  • Humanitarian Award – National Jewish Medical and Research Center
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
  • Inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame
  • Women in Communication Headliner Award for Public Endeavors
  • Good Scout Award – Boy Scouts
  • Amistad Award – Mexican Consulate of San Antonio
  • Roadhand Award – Texas Department of Transportation
  • Junior Achievement Award
  • UTSA President’s Award
  • Russell H. Perry Award – Texas Department of Transportation
  • Henry B. Gonzalez Award – St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association
  • Legacy Leader – San Antonio Business Journal

Published Books

  • Challenge of Change, 1975
  • Mayor, 1997
  • Baseball for Real Men, 2000
  • Transforming San Antonio, 2008
  • Bexar BiblioTech: The Evolution of the Country’s Frist All-digital Public Library, 2015

Service in State, City and County Political Offices:

  • Texas House of Representatives, 1971 – 1973
  • Texas Senate, 1973 – 1975
  • City of San Antonio City Council, 1987 – 1991
  • Mayor of City of San Antonio, 1991 – 1995
    • County Judge of Bexar County, 2001 – Present
  • Appointed in 2001 and elected three times in 2002, 2006, and 2010
  • Only second person in over a century to serve as both Mayor of San Antonio and Bexar County Judge

In service to Bexar County and City of San Antonio Citizens, Wolff has overseen and advocated for…

  • Job Creation and Economic Development
    • In the past 5 years, new private investment of more than $3.5 billion in the region with nearly 15,000 new jobs created
  • Flood Control
    • San Pedro Creek
    • Mission Reach
  • Transportation
    • Highway 1604 and 281 interchange
    • Restructure Alamo Regional Mobility Authority to save on overhead expenses and directly increase traffic capacity on the North Side
  • Quality of Life
    • Community Venues
    • Bexar County Games
    • BiblioTech
    • Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
    • Briscoe Museum
    • Alameda
    • Improvements to San Antonio Museum of Art, the Witte, and the McNay
    • Expanding the music scene
  • Health Care – University Health Systems
    • Robert B. Green Campus – outpatient center downtown
    • State-of-the-art Trauma Towner – opening in early 2013
  • Mayor Wolff
    • Oversaw establishment of UTSA Downtown Campus
    • Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium, home to the San Antonio Missions
    • San Antonio Public Library Central Branch
    • New City Hall Chambers in Municipal Plaza Building
    • Largest Parks Bond in City History

Background

  • Bachelor’s of Business Administration, St. Mary’s University
  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence, St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • Long history of local family owned and operated businesses, including Alamo Enterprises Building Supplies, Sun Harvest Farms, and Greenfields Market
  • Together, Nelson and his wife, Tracy have six children and six grandchildren