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Solomon Ortiz

Solomon OrtizAKA Solomon Porfirio Ortiz

Born: 3-Jun-1937
Birthplace: Robstown, TX

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman from Texas, 1983-2011

Military service: US Army (1960-62)

Former sheriff elected to US Congress for 14 terms beginning in 1983. Centrist Democrat; generally anti-abortion rights, anti-gay rights, pro-gun rights, anti-net neutrality. Supported 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, 1991 Gulf War resolution, 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 1997 Kyoto Protocol to address climate change, 2001 USA PATRIOT Act, 2005 Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), 2008 Wall Street bailout, 2008 GM/Chrysler bailout, 2009 economic stimulus, 2010 health care reform; abstained on 2002 Iraq War resolution; opposed 1998-99 Clinton impeachment, 2006 Secure Fence Act. Defeated in 2010 election and succeeded in Congress by Blake Farenthold.

Wife: (div.)
Daughter: Yvette
Son: Solomon, Jr. (Texas state legislator)

    High School: Robstown High School, Robstown, TX (dropped out)
    University: General Equivalency Diploma (1960)
    University: Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX (attended, 1965-67)

    US Congressman, Texas 27th (1983-2011)
    Texas State Official Sheriff, Nueces County, TX (1976-82)
    Texas State Official Commissioner, Nueces County, TX (1969-76)
    Texas State Official Constable, Nueces County, TX (1965-68)
    American Red Cross
    National Student Leadership Conference Honorary Board of Advisors
    Overcoming Obstacles Board of Advisors
    Rotary International Corpus Christi
    United Way
    Mexican Ancestry

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