District 4 - Kristen Ishihara


Kristen Ishihara, District 4

Elected: May 2014
Current Term Expires: May 2020

Kristen Ishihara represents District 4. She became a Longview resident in 2006, immediately after she earned her J.D. from Baylor Law School. Kristen is an elder law attorney with the law firm of Ross & Shoalmire. Kristen is married to Richard Ishihara and they have two children, Lucas, 4 years old and Brianna, 4 years old. Kristen enjoys being actively involved in the community, serving as the President of the Zonta Club of Longview, the President Elect of the Junior League of Longview and on a number of other boards.

Council Liaison Responsibilities*

  • Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee
  • Emergency Medical Service Advisory Board
  • Firefighters' Pension Fund
  • Animal Shelter Advisory Committee 
*Liaison responsibilities are reassigned by the mayor annually in June.

Council Mayor form of Government
The City Council is comprised of a Mayor, who is elected at large, and six Council Members, one elected from each district. Council members do not have day-to-day administrative duties, but rather focus on big picture issues as the elected policymakers for the city. Council members also take feedback from the community, approve the budget and tax rate, adopt ordinances and resolutions, and establish goals and provide direction. The City Council is also responsible to supervise, monitor, and evaluate the performance of the City Manager, City Attorney, City Secretary, and Municipal Judge.  Council members are elected to three-year terms with a limit of three full terms.