H.R. No. 633
                                  R E S O L U T I O N
    1-1        WHEREAS, The Texas House of Representatives takes special
    1-2  pleasure in commending the Honorable Raul L. Longoria for his many
    1-3  outstanding contributions to his nation, state, and community; and
    1-4        WHEREAS, The son of Andres Longoria, a farmer and justice of
    1-5  the peace, and Enriqueta Longoria, store owner and postmistress,
    1-6  this exemplary public servant was born on February 22, 1921, in La
    1-7  Grulla, Starr County; and
    1-8        WHEREAS, After his graduation from Rio Grande City High
    1-9  School in 1938, Mr. Longoria devoted himself to the betterment of
   1-10  his country, joining the Civilian Conservation Corps and traveling
   1-11  to New Mexico, where he helped build a dam at Elephant Butte,
   1-12  served as a night watchman in Las Cruces, and attended courses at
   1-13  New Mexico A&M University; and
   1-14        WHEREAS, Answering his nation's call to arms, this patriotic
   1-15  American enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and courageously
   1-16  served in many of the most perilous areas of England and Germany;
   1-17  on his return to the United States in February 1946, Mr. Longoria
   1-18  attended The University of Texas at Austin with the support of the
   1-19  GI Bill and, in 1950, graduated with a degree in business
   1-20  administration; and
   1-21        WHEREAS, During his studies, he met his future wife, Earlene
   1-22  Moorman, and the couple was united in matrimony on September 9,
   1-23  1947; their happy marriage has since been blessed with the birth of
   1-24  five children, Samuel Glenn, Janiece Maxene, Roy Alan, Martha
    2-1  Elaine, and Cecilia Joyce; and
    2-2        WHEREAS, With the support of his talented and devoted wife,
    2-3  who was graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1949,
    2-4  Mr. Longoria finished law school and embarked on a successful legal
    2-5  career in Edinburg; and
    2-6        WHEREAS, Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in
    2-7  1960, he served his constituents with integrity and distinction
    2-8  during the 57th, 59th, 60th, 61st, and 62nd Legislatures, and in
    2-9  1972 was elected to the Texas Senate by the people of District 27,
   2-10  which included the counties of Hidalgo, Cameron, Brooks, and Jim
   2-11  Wells; and
   2-12        WHEREAS, Respected by all who had the pleasure of working
   2-13  with him in Austin, Mr. Longoria led the way in achieving social,
   2-14  economic, and political opportunities for Mexican-Americans in this
   2-15  state and actively sought more equal representation of
   2-16  Mexican-Americans on the boards of state agencies and universities;
   2-17  and
   2-18        WHEREAS, Throughout his 18-year tenure in the legislature,
   2-19  this esteemed lawmaker was unwavering in his commitment to
   2-20  improving educational opportunities for the people of South Texas
   2-21  and worked tirelessly for the creation and funding of Pan American
   2-22  University as a four-year, state-supported institution; and
   2-23        WHEREAS, He became a prominent force in shaping Texas policy,
   2-24  legislation, and appropriations; vice-chairman of the House Rules
   2-25  Committee during the 61st Legislature and chairman of the House
   2-26  Agriculture Committee during the 62nd Legislature, this outstanding
   2-27  legislator also served on the Senate Committees on Administration,
    3-1  Jurisprudence, and State Affairs; and
    3-2        WHEREAS, In recognition of his outstanding contributions to
    3-3  his constituents and to the entire State of Texas, Senator Longoria
    3-4  served as Governor for a Day on December 9, 1978, during his tenure
    3-5  as president pro tempore of the senate; and
    3-6        WHEREAS, On January 2, 1981, this accomplished public servant
    3-7  resigned from the Texas Senate to serve as judge of the 139th
    3-8  Judicial District Court in Hidalgo County and four years later
    3-9  became the first Mexican-American ever to hold the position of
   3-10  judicial section chairman for the State Bar of Texas; and
   3-11        WHEREAS, With the assistance of his wife, Earlene, who has
   3-12  maintained the Longoria legal practice, managed campaign publicity,
   3-13  and written speeches and hundreds of letters for him, Judge
   3-14  Longoria has built an extraordinary record of service to the
   3-15  citizens of the State of Texas, and his many accomplishments are
   3-16  indeed deserving of special legislative recognition; now,
   3-17  therefore, be it
   3-18        RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 73rd Texas
   3-19  Legislature hereby commend the Honorable Raul L. Longoria for his
   3-20  exemplary contributions to his nation, state, and community; and,
   3-21  be it further
   3-22        RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
   3-23  prepared for Judge Longoria as an expression of highest esteem by
   3-24  the Texas House of Representatives.
   3-25                                                   Cuellar of Hidalgo
   3-26                                                                Munoz
   3-27                                                          De La Garza
    4-1                                                   Cuellar of Hidalgo
    4-2                                                                Munoz
    4-3                                                          De La Garza