After a long and hard-fought battle to maintain a seat on the Houston Port Authority, newly reappointed commissioner Janiece Longoria took time on Tuesday night to thank her many friends and supporters.
Dozens of people attended the festive party at Churrascos’ Restaurant; former Port Commissioner Ned Holmes, State Representative Carol Alvarado, Houston city council members Anne Clutterbuck, Al Hoang, Wanda Adams Sue Lovell and C.O. Bradford, former council member Felix Fraga and countless other civic leaders.
By now you know the background: Mayor Annise Paker wanted to appoint a representative from the labor community to serve on the seven member commission. But the Mayor’s choice, Dean Corgey, would have knocked out Longoria, who is one of two women and the only Hispanic commissioner. Countless business, political and community leaders rallied behind Longoria. They stressed her experience and committment to working for the long-term success of the port. Longoria was reappointed by a 9-6 vote.
Back to the celebration. No one appeared to be gloating, rehashing the bitter politics or criticizing personalities. The focus was on Janiece’s reappointment and her desire to continue serving the port and Houston region for another two years.
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Longoria, a Houston attorney and businesswoman, is also a member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents.