Photo Release -- Longoria Appointed Chairman of Houston Port Commission
Prominent Attorney, Civic Leader Has Served 10 Years as City of Houston Appointee

HOUSTON, Jan. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Janiece M. Longoria was appointed Chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority today by a joint session of the Harris County Commissioners Court and the Houston City Council. She has served on the Port Commission on behalf of the City of Houston since September 2002. Port Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay.

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She is currently a member of both the Port Commission's Governance and Procurement task forces.

Longoria replaces longtime Port Chairman James T. Edmonds, who previously announced he would not seek reappointment. Edmonds had served as Port Commission Chairman since 2000.

She is an honors graduate of the University of Texas and received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979. She is a partner with the firm of Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall, LLP.

Longoria has received many recognitions for distinguished service, including the 2008 Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award.

Longoria will also serve as the Chairman of the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Harris County Ports.

About the Port of Houston Authority

For nearly 100 years, the Port of Houston Authority has owned or operated the public cargo-handling facilities of the Port of Houston – the nation's largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage. The port is an economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas and the nation. It supports the creation of more than one million statewide jobs and more than 2.1 million nationwide jobs, and the generation of economic activity totaling more than $178.5 billion in Texas and $499 billion across the nation. For more information, visit the Port Authority website at:

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