Place 6 – Large Members Term Ends 12/31/2021
James Darling is the Mayor of the City of McAllen and spent 28 years as a city attorney with the city of McAllen and other governmental entities. Prior to Mayor he served as City Commissioner for District 6. Mayor Darling is also the Chairman for the Lower Rio Grande River Water Authority, Hidalgo-McAllen International Bridge Board, and Anzalduas International Bridge Board and a board member for Region M Water Planning Group, McAllen Economic Development Corp., McAllen Foreign Trade Zone, Inc., and Amigos Del Valle. Mayor Darling is the President of Texas Municipal League Region 12, and Vice Chairman of the International Good Neighbor Committee (Appointed by Secretary of State Carlos Cascos).
Mayor Darling was the President of the South Texas Aggregation Project (STAP) – predecessor to TCAP from 2001-2009. He was also a member of the McAllen Public Utilities Board of Trustees.
After serving two tours of duty in Viet Nam with the US Air Force as a SSGT, Mayor Darling went on to be a 2nd class Petty Officer for the US Navy reserve. He has been very active in the community serving on the McAllen Boys and Girls Club board, Communities in schools, McAllen Crime Stoppers, Chamber of Commerce including being Chair of the Chamber’s Legislative Committee.
Mayor Darling has received numerous awards including the Henry B. Gonzalez Award – National Housing Council, National Boys and Girls Club Medallion Award, McAllen Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, USAF Distinguished Flying Cross, Hidalgo County Bar Association John E. Cook Pro Bono Award, Catholic Charities Hope Award.
Having graduated from Baylor University and Baylor Law School, Mayor Darling is licensed by the Texas Supreme Court and the Southern District of Texas Federal Court and specialized in local government law. He is married to Sandra, he has 3 daughters and 3 sons.