Approach the Bench: An Exercise in Determination

, Texas Lawyer

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Judge Jose Longoria can relate to the plight of the working man, because he has been one for a long time. "We were what you would consider poor," Longoria says of his family. Growing up in Corpus Christi, he began selling newspapers at the age of 6. "My dad was working for a bakery, and when someone didn't show up, I had to get up at 4 o'clock and go help him. When I was about maybe 15, I started working at the Catholic hospital. I worked in the kitchen and cleaned pots and pans." Now he's judge of the 214th District Court in Nueces County.

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