October 30 2020
Today, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the appointment of Isabel Longoria as Harris County Elections Administrator. The new Elections Administrator position - created by Commissioners Court in July - will conduct all voter registration work previously conducted by the Tax assessor-collector and election management work conducted by the County clerk’s office.
“After a nationwide search for the most qualified person to serve this newly created position, we have identified Isabel Longoria as our first ever Harris County Elections Administrator. As someone who has been in the trenches with County Clerk Hollins over the past several months, she is ready to hit the ground running to continue building on the historic reforms we have implemented during this election. Already, Isabel has been tested during the highest turnout election in our history and she has played an important part in turning Harris County into a national model for how to conduct convenient, safe, and secure elections. Since County Clerk Hollins was appointed by Commissioners Court, he has done a tremendous job in his position as interim clerk. We continue to support his work through the conclusion of this year’s general election.”
Administrator Longoria currently serves as Senior Advisor for Voting Rights and Access for the County Clerk’s office. During her tenure at the office, she has worked to support historic initiatives to improve the county’s voting infrastructure, including expansion of early voting hours, the implementation of 24-hour voting locations, protecting voters from coercion and intimidation, and leading the COVID response and safety protocols. Born and raised in Houston to the parents of immigrants, she has a long career of community service including organizing voters in communities across Texas and support for organizations including the League of Women Voters and the AARP.