Solomon Ortiz

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Solomon Ortiz ()
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Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Solomon Porfirio Ortiz, a Democrat, has represented the Twenty-Seventh Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1983.


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Iraq War

Ortiz did not vote on the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Ortiz was born in Robstown, Texas on June 3, 1937. He attended Del Mar Collage from 1965 to 1967. When Ortiz was 16, his father died, leaving him to support the family. In 1960, Ortiz decided to join the army where he earned the equivalent of a high school diploma. He was trained in Fort Hood, Texas and then, for his Army Tour of Duty, he was sent to Verdun and Vitry Le Francois, France. After expressing an interest in police work, he was reassigned to the 61st Military Police Company Criminal Investigation Office. In Fort Gordon, Georgia, he received his advanced military police training in 1962.

Back in South Texas, Ortiz worked as an insurance agent until he decided to run for Nueces County Country Constable (A public officer similar to a sheriff also having judicial duties).

In 1964, Ortiz began gathering support and talking to other Hispanics about justice issues.

Ortiz' mother agreed to take out a $1000 loan, for the $600 filing fee and to help pay the Hispanic poll tax. Soon after, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed and poll taxes were outlawed. In 1965, he won the election.

Ortiz served as Constable until 1968. In 1969, he ran for County Commissioners Court of Neuces County and succeeded. He was the County Commissioner until 1976, when he became the Nueces County Sheriff.

Congressional Career

In 1982, due to Texas' population increase, the 27th District of Texas was created, and Ortiz ran for the seat. Poverty and social justice issues were a priority for Ortiz. He was elected as a Democrat to Congress on July 3, 1983 and has served continuously since.

During his terms in office, Ortiz has been working in the Pacific Rim to create more industry and jobs in South Texas. He has maintained a moderate voting record with a reputation of bipartisanship.

2006 elections

In 2006, Republicans nominated William Ross Vaden to face Ortiz in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Ortiz retained his seat.

Money in Politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Airpower Caucus
  • Army Caucus
  • Bipartisan Senate Task Force of Fatherhood Promotion
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Naval Mine Warfare Caucus, 108th Congress
  • Co-Chair, House Depot Caucus, 108th Congress
  • Co-Chairman, Congressional Border Caucus
  • Co-Chairman, Depot Caucus
  • Congressional Aerospace Caucus
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Coast Guard Caucus
  • Congressional Fatherhood Task Force
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  • Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus
  • Congressional Oil and Gas Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus
  • Congressional Travel/Tourism Caucus
  • Democratic Homeland Security Task Force
  • Democratic Study Group
  • Hispanic Caucus
  • Hispanic Caucus Institute
  • Interstate 69 Caucus
  • Law Enforcement Caucus
  • Narcotics Abuse and Control Caucus
  • National Guard & Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization
  • Navy/Marine Corps Caucus
  • Reserve Component Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

  • American Red Cross
  • Corpus Christi Rotary Club
  • Impact Aid Coalition
  • National Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Sheriffs Association of Texas
  • United Way

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Solomon Ortiz. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 1111 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5335 Fax: 202-226-1224
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District offices
  • 1805 Ruben Torres, B-27, Brownsville, TX 78526
    Ph: 956-541-1242 Fax: (none entered)
  • 3649 Leopard Street, Suite 510, Corpus Christi, TX 78408
    Ph: 361-883-5868 Fax: (none entered)
  • 3649 Leopard, Suite 510, Corpus Christi, TX 78408
    Ph: 361-883-5868 Fax: (none entered)
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