Solomon Ortiz, Sr.
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. served as the Congressman for the 27th District of Texas representing the Corpus Christi and Coastal Bend area of Texas in the U.S. Congress for 28 years. Prior to that, he was in law enforcement serving two terms as Sheriff of Nueces County, as well as a Nueces County Constable and Nueces County Commissioner. Ortiz is also a veteran having served in the United States Army.
During his tenure in Congress he served on three major congressional committees: Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Transportation. Ortiz’ primary area of expertise centered on U.S. military readiness, national security matters and foreign relations.
Throughout his Congressional career, Ortiz had, and continues to have, a reputation as a fair-minded advocate who works easily with both Republicans and Democrats when making policy. He worked to promote legislation and policies that helped not only his district, but the entire state of Texas. Ortiz was known as one of the hardest-working Members of Congress, as a senior member and as Dean of both the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Texas House Democratic Delegation as well as former Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Internationally, Ortiz has traveled extensively throughout the Far East, Central Asia, Europe and South America working on military readiness issues and international trade development. He also served on numerous Congressional caucuses that focused on border security, oil and gas policy, free trade, international affairs, and domestic law enforcement to name a few of the issues.
A longtime supporter of free trade, Ortiz had a strong leadership role in garnering support for numerous Free Trade Agreements (FTA) including NAFTA and DR-CAFTA. Ortiz remains active in national affairs since his retirement from Congress, working with international partners in educating new Members of Congress on international affairs, transnational security, and global energy policy.
A few of my favorite things: Playing golf and eating!