Erick Longoria was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas – the southernmost U.S. border town with Mexico. He is currently a junior at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where he is pursuing a degree in political science with a minor in history. As a political science major, Erick has chosen to focus his studies on transnational criminal organizations and border security issues. Additionally, Erick also interned in the Texas Senate during the 86th legislative session as a Legislative Aide. During this time, he leveraged his background to assist policy analysts with border security issues. After graduating, he plans to pursue a career in public policy.