Hardberger was born in Morton, Texas in Cochran
County July 27, 1934. The family moved
to O'Donnell in Lynn County In 1943. As a youth, Hardberger worked in cotton gins in the area.
His mother taught school in O'Donnell
for thirty-three years.
Hardberger is a politician, lawyer, and judge.
He served as mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from
2005 to 2009. A Democrat, he was elected on a
Hardberger was a captain in the United
States Air Force and piloted B-47 bombers. He
was the executive secretary of the Peace Corps
during the administration of U.S. President John
F. Kennedy. He was a special assistant to the
director of the U.S. Office of Economic
Opportunity under President Lyndon B. Johnson.
In 1968, He he was appointed Associate Justice
and then Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of
Appeals. As chief justice, he presided over the
Littleton v. Prange case, invalidating marriages
in the court's jurisdiction if the transgender
partner is of the same birth sex. It
simultaneously also opened the option for some
same-sex couples to marry as long as the two
partners were assigned to the opposite sex at
Days after inaugurating a long-awaited
improvement to the city park in San Antonio that
bears his name, former San Antonio Mayor Phil
Hardberger suffered a mild heart on December 15,
2020 and was released the following day.