State Bar of Texas members elect Santos Vargas of San Antonio president-elect, approve rule amendments


In a combined election and referendum, Texas attorneys elected Santos Vargas of San Antonio to be president-elect of the State Bar of Texas and approved all 12 proposed disciplinary rule amendments.

Vargas received 52.06%—10,925—of the 20,986 votes cast during the monthlong voting period that closed at 5 p.m. CDT today. His opponent, Denise Scofield of Houston, received 47.94%, or 10,061 votes.

Vargas will be sworn in as president-elect during a State Bar of Texas Board of Directors meeting on June 20, 2024, and will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2025 to June 2026.

In the Texas Young Lawyers Association election, Alyson A. Martinez of Laredo was elected president-elect and will serve as TYLA president from June 2025 to June 2026. Martinez received 57.45% of the 4,675 votes cast, while her opponent, Michael Hanson of Richmond, received 42.55%.

Voters also elected new directors to the State Bar and TYLA boards. View complete election results.