A graduate of the Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Judge Sonia Rodriguez True earned her BA and Law degrees at the University of Washington, and in 2000, moved to Yakima where she began a law practice focused on juvenile and family law as well as a variety of other complex legal matters.
Judge Rodriguez True has been very active in the Yakima community for the past 22 years. She served for a year on the Yakima City Council and has been a member of several boards, including Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, United Way of Central Washington where she served as Board Chair, Yakima Federal Savings & Loan Association, Yakima Police Athletic League, YMCA and YWCA. Currently, she is a Board Member of both the Opportunities Industrial Center and the Downtown Rotary.
Awards she has received are many: the Governor’s Award of Excellence, City of Yakima Distinguished Service Award, YWCA Citizen of the Year, Volunteer Attorney Services Volunteer of the Year, Southeast Yakima Community Center Make a Difference Award, MLK Spirit of the Dream Award, University of Washington Recent Graduate Award, and the Latino Professional Association Meritorious Award. In 2021, Rep. Dan Newhouse selected her for an Angel in Adoption Award. And in 2023, she received the Casey Excellence for Children Leadership Award from Casey Family Programs.
Before her 2022 appointment to the Yakima County Superior Court bench, Judge Rodriguez True served the Court for over a year as a Family Law Court Commissioner.
She and her husband, Patrick, a local attorney, reside in Yakima where they have opened their home to more than 20 trauma affected children over the past 10 years. Judge Rodriguez True credits her success to her strong faith, her mother’s belief in the power of education, and a close relationship with a grandmother who was exceedingly proud when Sonia became a judge. In November 2023, the voters of Yakima County should cast their ballots to Retain Judge Sonia Rodriguez True!