Elected in April 2005 at the age of 32, Corpus Christi City Councilman John Marez was one of the youngest elected to the Council since the adoption of the 5-3-1 Plan of 1983*. Prior to being elected, John energetically served on many boards, committees and commissions in Corpus Christi and south Texas. John is the creator, producer and co-host of South Texas Politics political television talk show in Corpus Christi and has served in that role for over 16 years. At the age of 18, John first ran for the Corpus Christi City Council and came in second place out of three candidates while running against a seasoned incumbent.
John received his education from schools all within his city & district and received a Bachelors of Political Science & Master of Public Administration from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. John is a Supervisor with the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services and is a life-long resident of his district. John and his wife, Gina have one daughter (age 4) and one son (age 1). The Marez family are active, lifelong members of Kelsey Memorial United Methodist Church. Now serving in his second term John has received several important Council Committee & Board assignments.
City Council Committees
Chairman – City of Corpus Christi Municipal Court Committee (2007 – Present)
- Member, Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum Re-use Committee (2007 – Present)
- Member, City of Corpus Christi Audit Committee (2005 – 2007)
- Council Representative, Corpus Christi Downtown Redevelopment Committee (2006)
- Council Representative, Corpus Christi Downtown Management District (2005 – Present)
* (US Justice Department, 5-Single Member Districts, 3- At-Large Members, 1-Mayor; election system was adopted by the city as the result of a federal lawsuit filed due to a violation of the US Voting Rights Act)
- President, Corpus Christi Community Improvement Corporation
- Vice President, Corpus Christi Housing Finance Corporation
- Board of Directors, Corpus Christi Finance Improvement Zone 2
Community Awards & Recognitions
- Featured, as a college student, in television segment titled “Future Local Leader” during KIII-TV Channel 3 (ABC) coverage of LULAC National Convention held in Corpus Christi (1999)
- Donates annual City Council salary to local non-profit agencies for each fiscal year for the term served in office. (Over $24,000)
- Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce “CC Under 40” Award for Being a Top Leader in the city under the age of 40
- Honored by LULAC Council #1 with a Distinguished Citizen Award (April 6, 2006)
- Corpus Christi Area Disabled Coalition “Fish out of Water” Award for traveling through the sidewalks & streets of District 2 while experiencing this challenge in a hand-powered wheelchair.