Ortiz, a Democrat, was the representative for Texas’s 27th congressional district from 1983 to 2010.
In 2010 Ortiz was investigated for keeping the difference between his requested travel per diems and the amount he actually spent. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action. In 2012, Representative Ortiz lost reelection.
Ortiz is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Ortiz sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Ortiz was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 3179 (109th): Junior Duck Stamp Reauthorization Amendments Act of 2005
- H.R. 483 (109th): To designate a United States courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, as the “Reynaldo G. Garza and Filemon B. Vela United States Courthouse”.
- H.R. 2496 (106th): To reauthorize the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 1994.
- H.R. 3910 (104th): Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1996
- H.R. 3678 (103rd): To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to negotiate agreements for the use of Outer Continental Shelf sand, gravel, and shell resources.
- H.R. 3679 (103rd): Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 1994
- H.R. 1642 (102nd): Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site Act of 1991
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Ortiz sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (32%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Immigration (11%) Families (11%) Law (9%) Health (7%) Labor and Employment (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%)
Some of Ortiz’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5912 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at ...
- H.Con.Res. 291 (111th): Celebrating 130 years of United States-Romanian diplomatic relations, congratulating the Romanian people ...
- H.Con.Res. 222 (111th): Recognizing the leadership and historical contributions of Dr. Hector Garcia to the ...
- H.R. 4321 (111th): CIR ASAP Act of 2009
- H.R. 3537 (111th): Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
- H.R. 2812 (111th): Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Improvement Act of 2009
- H.R. 1232 (111th): Far South Texas Veterans Medical Center Act of 2009
|Ortiz’s Vote||Vote Description|
S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
H.Res. 989 (111th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should adopt national policies and ...
Jun 9, 2010. Failed 241/170.
H.Res. 317 (111th): Recognizing the region from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, and ...
Sep 15, 2009. Passed 312/108.
H.R. 6515 (110th): Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands Act of 2008
Jul 17, 2008. Failed 244/173.
H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
From Jan 1983 to Dec 2010, Ortiz missed 1,068 of 16,396 roll call votes, which is 6.5%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. ProPublica has tracked 85 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills