A local state representative announced his candidacy for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
Oscar Longoria, (D-Mission), who has represented Cameron and Hidalgo counties as House District 35 representative for four terms, announced he has filed his candidacy with the Texas Ethics Commission Thursday.
“I am running for Speaker to ensure that we have stability, civility, and integrity in the Texas House. The unprecedented challenges we face require a leader who can build consensus across the political aisle, across rural and urban communities, and across ideologies,” Longoria said in a statement.
The 39-year-old Valley native is a graduate of the La Joya school district and said as speaker, he would prioritize assembling a diverse coalition of leaders to ensure the state economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected millions of Texans and thousands of small businesses across the state.
“We will face unprecedented budgetary challenges in this session. With a near-decade of experience in the budget process, including two-terms as Vice-Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, I will ensure that we fulfill our duties to Texas families, that our kids have a quality public education, and that our state increases access to healthcare for all Texans.” Longoria stated. “I will conduct this race with respect and decorum, attributes that have been hallmarks of my leadership style as a public servant. If elected to be the first bilingual Mexican-American Speaker to lead this body, I will set a tone that respects all backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints. As a proud husband, I will ensure that we put Texas families first. I commit to House members that we will work in unity – not division – to build a better Texas for generations to come.”