Miguel Ortiz

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Iraq War Veteran Filed his Candidacy for U.S

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Congressional District 23 - Texas

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Mr. Miguel A. Ortiz was born in Ft Benning, GA and at the age of three he moved to Caguas, PR-USA. Miguel Ortiz has lived in Texas 17 years, first as a soldier in the United States Army and later as a resident and practicing attorney. He has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Texas (1998), a Masters Degree in Accounting from the Graduate Business School of St. Mary’s University (2000), and a Doctor in Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s University School of Law (2000).

After completing High School, he joined the United States Army where he served more than 11 years on Active Duty. While in the Army, Mr. Ortiz received assignments in Washington D.C., Panama, Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. During his tours in Washington D.C. and Panama, he was assigned to the Air Medical Evacuation Team, responsible for the transportation of patients from Germany, Central America, and South America to the United States. Once he left Panama, Ortiz attended the U.S. Army Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical School (NBC) at Fort McClellan, Alabama and subsequently was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. At Fort Hood his responsibilities and duties included the training of soldiers, team leader, Non Commissioned Officer in Charge, and advisor to Commanders on NBC related matters. He also was deployed to IRAQ in support of Operation Desert Strike with the 1st Calvary Division. Despite the demanding job and responsibilities, Mr. Ortiz completed his Bachelors Degree with honors during his time at Fort Hood.

Miguel was moved to Fort Sam Houston, Texas where he was assigned as an Instructor for the Medical Officers’ Basic Course at the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences. While there, he trained medical personnel on NBC related matters and completed his Masters and Law Degrees in two and a half years. During his time in the U.S. Army, Mr. Ortiz achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He graduated with honors from the U.S. Army Leadership Development School. Also, he was a Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Basic Non-Commissioned Officers School and received the Chemical Corps Coin of Excellence Number 67 (representing the number of soldiers who had received such honor at that time in the history of the Chemical Corps). His military awards and decorations include, among others, five (5) Army Commendation Medals, the Expeditionary Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the National Defense Service Medal.

While pursuing his Masters and Law Degrees at St. Mary’s University and teaching at Fort Sam Houston, he still found time to volunteer his service to the community. He participated in one of the best clinical programs in the Country and provided tax and immigration advice to poor communities on the border under the supervision of licensed attorneys. Because of his commitment to serving the community, he was awarded the St. Mary’s University Pro-Bono Award. Mr. Ortiz was also a Senator for the Student Bar Association and worked hard to enhance the law school’s future. Miguel, together with Professor R. Valencia (White House Fellow for President Bill Clinton on Racial and Gender Issues) wrote and published a Gender Issues Article in the St. Mary’s Law Journal.

After leaving the Army and finishing his education, Mr. Ortiz opened a law office in San Antonio were he currently practices law. He also has a law office at Fort Hood, Texas, where he primarily helps soldiers with their legal issues. Miguel Ortiz also served as a vice president for the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio advisory committee and actively participated in the sponsorship of children’s sports teams in the community. He is currently a faculty member of the University Of Phoenix at San Antonio where he teaches under-graduate and graduate level courses in Business and Accounting.

Miguel Ortiz is a certified mediator, a member of the Texas Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion in San Antonio.

Miguel is married to Wendi Wilson-Ortiz and has four (4) children; Michael, Jonathan, Isabela, and Alexander. www.miguelforcongress.org/<span style="font-size: medium" />

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