District 4 - Kristen Ishihara

Kristen-Ishihara

Kristen Ishihara, District 4



Elected: May 2014
Current Term Expires: May 2020





Kristen is an elder law attorney with the firm of Ross & Shoalmire.  She is an accredited Veterans Affairs Attorney and a member of the National Association of Elder Law attorneys.  Kristen is married to Richard and has two children – Lucas & Brianna.

Kristen and her family are members at Winterfield United Methodist Church.  Kristen is the past President of the Zonta Club of Longview, the Junior League of Longview and Gregg County Bar Association.  Kristen is a mentor for Partners in Prevention and a founding board member of the East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance and Longview PAWS supporting the new Longview Animal Care & Adoption Center.


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.