Judge Peter Sakai is widely recognized in the community as being a leader who works hard to bring innovative ideas and solutions to help resolve issues. His work for the last 26 years in the judicial system provide a deep understanding of the parents, children, workers, nonprofits, and business sectors. His ability to listen intently, to challenge systems, and to “think outside of the box” has made him a recognized innovator and leader recognized locally, regionally, and nationally.

As a lifelong public servant, Judge Peter Sakai brings his leadership to County government. His knowledge of Bexar County is from his 26 years of working with many of the County’s Departments and Offices. One example is his involvement in the planning and building of the national model Bexar County Children’s Court in the historic Bexar County Courthouse.

Beyond his work with the County, he also has been involved with a wide array of nonprofits and educational institutions to address the needs of our young people aging out from foster care. The development of the College Bound Docket brought the Alamo Community Colleges, Texas A&M San Antonio, and the University of Texas San Antonio together along with other stakeholders to create a pipeline to college for foster kids.

Judge Peter Sakai truly understands the importance of public and private partnerships as viable solutions for the issues Bexar County faces.

When he established the Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence and appointed Judge Monique Diaz and the Deputy City Manager Maria Villagomez as Co-chairs, it proves that he is a strong proponent of assessing needs and building collaborative groups to look at the needs using data and analytics and listening to those directly involved in the issues to develop efficient and effective programs that are fiscally responsible and accountable to the taxpayers of Bexar County.

As a collaborator, innovator, and change agent,

Judge Peter Sakai is the Leader for Bexar County.

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1979

Graduated

From the University of Texas School of Law.
Judge Sakai 1979

1981

Judge Sakai 1981

Appointed

The Chief of the Juvenile Section of the District Attorney’s Office.

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1982 Peter and Rachel wed on March 14.

1983

Judge Sakai 1983

Established

a solo practice and served surrounding municipalities as the City Attorney and Municipal Court Judge for the cities of Elmendorf, Leon Valley, Converse, and Helotes.

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1984 Peter and Rachel have a son, George.

1989

Judge Sakai 1989

Appointed

The Juvenile Master/Referee of the 289th State District Court (Juvenile Court by Judge Tom Rickhoff and Judge Carmen Kelsey).

1990 Peter and Rachel’s daughter Elizabeth is born.

1995

Judge Sakai 1995

Appointed

to the Children’s Court by unanimous vote of the Bexar County Civil District Court Judges.

2005 Adoption of foster children in Bexar County increases 1000% through Judge Sakai’s leadership.

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– Recognized by President, then Governor, George W. Bush and the Governor’s Committee to Promote Adoption for Judge Sakai’s model court.

2006

Judge Sakai 2006

Elected

With nearly 60% of the entire Bexar County vote to the 225th District Court bench, succeeding his friend and mentor, Senior Judge John J. Specia. Judge Sakai was the highest vote-getter among the contested judicial races.

2010

Re-Elected

As Judge of the 225th District Court; unopposed.
Judge Sakai 2010

Received the Trailblazer Award for being an outstanding jurist, by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Family Violence Prevention Services names the Children’s Shelter at the Battered Women’s and Children’s Shelter on Judge Sakai’s behalf for his commitment to ending family violence.

2014

Re-Elected

As Judge of the 225th District Court; unopposed.
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2017

Running

For his fourth term.

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Judge Sakai calls the Sakai Sisterhood to ACTION for the Re-Election, so he can continue to protect children.

The Sakai Sisterhood recognizes the power of grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, and friends who support children and families in our community.


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Judge Sakai Re-Elected to 225th District Court: Highest Vote Count in Bexar County

“Dear Voters, Citizens and Taxpayers of Bexar County: I want to take this time to express my humblest and deepest gratitude for the overwhelming support for my reelection to my fourth term of office for the 225th District Court of Bexar County, Texas.”