Oscar Longoria is a member of the Texas House of Representatives currently serving his fifth term in office. Representative Longoria represents House District 35, which encompasses both Hidalgo and Cameron County and the cities and towns of: La Joya, Sullivan City, Peñitas, Alton, Mission, McAllen, Edinburg, Monte Alto, Edcouch, La Villa, Weslaco, Donna, Mercedes, Santa Rosa, Primera, Los Indios, San Benito, La Feria, and Brownsville.
In the 87th Legislative Session, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan appointed Representative Longoria to the House Energy Resources and County Affairs Committees. The Energy Resources Committee oversees the energy industry, including conservation of energy resources, oil and gas development, mineral rights, electric utility regulation, and alternative energy sources. The County Affairs Committee oversees all matters relating to counties, including their organization, boundaries, and governance. With the appointment to these committees, Representative Longoria can continue to create positive and lasting impacts on not only the Rio Grande Valley, but all of Texas.
Prior to these influential new appointments, Representative Longoria served as Vice-Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee for two consecutive sessions. In Spring 2018, former Speaker Straus appointed him to the Legislative Budget Board, which is tasked with recommending a budget to the legislature preceding the commencement of the legislative session. Representative Longoria has also served as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Articles I, IV, and V, on the Pensions, Investments & Financial Services Committee and Local & Consent Calendars Committee in previous sessions.
Representative Longoria was born in Mission and raised in South Texas. He is a product of the La Joya Independent School District. Longoria attended South Texas College for one year before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. In 2007, Representative Longoria graduated with his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law.
In the Fall of 2017, Representative Longoria was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award. This recognition is awarded to Texas Exes age 39 and younger who have made significant achievements in their careers and service to the university. The following year, fall of 2018, Representative Longoria was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award by The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award honors a graduate, 40 years old or younger, who has made significant achievements in his or her career and service to the university. He is a proud Life Member of the Texas Exes Association. Representative Longoria has always been passionate about his service to his community. Prior to his tenure in the State House, he served on the Agua Special Utility District as a Board Member and as a Trustee for South Texas College. Professionally, he owns and operates the Law Office of Oscar Longoria.
Representative Longoria is married to Jennifer Ruiz-Longoria of Mission, also a University of Texas at Austin Alumni. They have two beautiful daughters, Camilla Lee and Madison Lee Longoria.