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Rep. Solomon Ortiz

Former Representative for Texas’s 27th District

Ortiz was the representative for Texas’s 27th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Solomon Ortiz [D-TX27, 1983-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Ortiz was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%) Labor and Employment (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Health (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Ortiz recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Ortiz voted No

Passed 223/202 on Dec 11, 2009.

The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub.L. 111–203, H.R. 4173, commonly referred to as Dodd–Frank) was signed into United States federal law …

Ortiz voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Ortiz voted Nay

Ortiz voted Nay

Ortiz voted Nay

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: