Solomon Ortiz, Jr.
Solomon Ortiz, Jr. has over 15 years of experience in state and federal government relations, grassroots organization and foreign relations. He started as a public school teacher and as a nonprofit prevention specialist working with at risk students. He ran and served as the Nueces County Democratic Party Chair. He was the youngest elected party chair in Texas at the age of 24.
He served in the Texas House of Representatives, District 33, from 2006-2011 representing the Corpus Christi region. During his time in the Texas House, he focused on economic development, alternative energy, elections, and open records issues. His major accomplishments include legislation securing funding for a mechanical engineering program at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and promoting TAMUCC’s research capabilities. He was known for promoting economic growth in South Texas’ industrial and tourism sectors.
He is the executive director of MAP of Texas. MAP Provides educational opportunities for underprivileged students in the Coastal Bend area of Texas. This includes funding schools with books, technology and other items outside of their budget, educational trips to the Texas State Capitol to learn about government and the University of Texas to better understand their opportunities for a college education. Solomon earned a B.A. from Texas A&M University – College Station.
A few of my favorite things: Golf, eating tasty barbecue and seafood, traveling to new places, and a fan of Bacon, Elvis, and Life.