Mario Jorge, P.E., is the district engineer for TxDOT's Pharr District.
Under the direction of the executive director, he provides executive-level direction, management, and engineering oversight of all district transportation activities. The Pharr District consists of eight counties: Jim Hogg, Brooks, Kenedy, Willacy, Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Zapata. He became district engineer in January 2002.
Jorge began his TxDOT career in 1983 as a summer intern. In 1984 he was hired as an engineering assistant in the Dallas District. Jorge transferred to the Pharr District in 1985 where he held various engineering positions including assistant district design engineer. In 1990, he moved to the Pharr Area Office. There he served as project engineer for the U.S. 83/281 interchange in Pharr for which he received the Design Award in 1993. He was appointed Pharr area engineer in 1993, managing an average of 30 construction contracts totaling more than $200 million.
Jorge has served on numerous transportation committees such as the Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Committee and the Edinburg Transportation Committee. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club (1985-1991) and served the club as secretary, vice president, and president. Also, he has been involved as a Little League baseball coach in McAllen for the past 10 years.
A native of Havana, Cuba, Jorge earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984. He received his professional engineer's license in 1988.
Residing in McAllen, he and his wife, Elsa, have three sons (Mario, Marcos and Diego).