Ortiz was the representative for Texas’s 27th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 2010.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
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 Standards of Official Conduct recommended no further action. In 2012, Representative Ortiz lost reelection.
|Jul. 30, 2010||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the allegations|
|Dec. 31, 2010||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended no further action|
|2012||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 from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.
Ortiz was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 279 (111th): Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park Boundary Expansion and Redesignation Act of 2009
- 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
Does 12 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Health (7%) Labor and Employment (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
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. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills