Friday, January 4, 2013

Port of Houston Logjam has Broken!

Janiece M. Longoria is expected to be elected Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Houston Authority next week.  A joint meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court and Houston City Council is planned for January 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the County Administration Building.  Mayor Parker and Judge Emmett will preside over the meeting.  If Commissioner Longoria is elected, she will be the first woman to Chair the Port Commission as well as the first minority. 

Longoria was originally appointed to the Port Commission by Houston City Council in September 2002. Since 1997, she has been a partner in the law firm of Ogden, Gibson, Broocks & Longoria, L.L.P., where she focuses her practice on the trial, arbitration and appeal of a broad range of commercial litigation cases. Earlier in her legal career, Longoria was a city of Houston municipal court judge, and a prosecutor in the Harris County district attorney’s office.
Longoria also serves on the Board of Directors of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., and previously was a Regent of the University of Texas Systems from 2008 – 2011.  She is the daughter of the late Sen. Raúl Longoria, a longtime Democratic political leader in Hidalgo County.
She will be replacing James T. Edmonds, who has served as Chairman since June 2000.  Chairman Edmonds did not seek reappointment.