Former Dallas Sheriff and Texas Gubernatorial Candidate
Guadalupe Valdez is a retired law enforcement official, the former Sheriff of Dallas County, and a previous nominee for Governor of Texas in the 2018 gubernatorial election.
Valdez was born and raised in San Antonio, as the youngest of eight children to Mexican-American migrant farm worker parents. She began her life working in the fields and paid her way through college, earning a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Valdez then earned a Master's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Prior to entering law enforcement, Lupe Valdez was an officer in the United States Army Reserve, where she attained the rank of Captain. Her law enforcement career began as a jailer, she then moved on to investigative roles as an agent of the General Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, finally, the U.S. Customs Service.
In January 2004, Lupe Valdez retired to run for the office of Dallas County Sheriff. Valdez won four consecutive times and served as the Sheriff of Dallas County, from 2005 to 2017. After her retirement, Valdez ran for and became a nominee for Governor of Texas in the 2018 gubernatorial election.