John Longoria was elected to the school board in November 2006 to represent District 1, and was reelected in 2010, 2014 and 2018. Mr. Longoria helped lead efforts to pass bond programs in 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2018. The bonds led to the construction of eight new elementary schools, three middle schools, and the first new, comprehensive high school campuses in Corpus Christi in a generation (Veterans Memorial High School and a replacement campus for Mary Carroll High School).
Mr. Longoria is an enthusiastic supporter of academics, athletics, teachers and parent involvement. He financially supports many student clubs and assists individual students. He encourages parents to put their children to bed early, get them to school on time, and assist them with their homework for 30 minutes every day.
A member of several PTA groups and a former PTA president, Mr. Longoria is also a member of several CCISD athletic booster organizations. He enjoys serving as a judge at spelling bees and science fairs. Mr. Longoria often brings his camera to CCISD athletics events and shares his photos with students and parents at no charge. He spearheaded the Corpus Christi Education Foundation’s first 5K run, which attracted 1,300 participants and raised $65,000 for CCISD teacher grants, placing it among the largest 5K events in South Texas.
Mr. Longoria was a Corpus Christi City Councilman from 1995-2003. He is Chairman of the City of Corpus Christi Parks Foundation/PALS and also serves as Chairman of the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority’s RCAT committee. He has served as a board member for the Corpus Christi Housing Authority, the Del Mar College Foundation, and the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority.
Mr. Longoria earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in College Station and a Master of Business Administration degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. He and his wife Sonia have three children, all of whom attend CCISD schools.