U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz last week announced he would be seeking re-election in the House of Representatives for the 27th District of Texas that spans from Corpus Christi to Brownsville.
"I modestly ask for your support as I seek to continue to be your public servant and elected representative in Congress," Ortiz said in a Dec. 9 statement. "I am humbled that for the past 27 years, South Texans have continued to believe in me to be their voice on Capitol Hill."
Ortiz said he would continue to seek federal funding for South Texas including expanding benefits for veterans, securing funding for military readiness and construction and on-going military-related projects; studying and assessing transportation and infrastructure needs; addressing issues on social security, Medicare, Medicaid and ensuring the next generation of South Texans have access to educational tools and learning resources from kindergarten through graduate studies.
He currently sits on the House Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Readiness and Military Construction Subcommittee and is a member of the Air and Land Forces Subcommittee. He is one of three Texas Representatives on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and sits as a member of the Aviation, Highways and Transit, and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittees.
"My committee assignments and seniority in Congress are key to our district," Ortiz said. "Through our work on the Armed Services Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, we have been able to bring millions of dollars in federal funding to Texas."
Ortiz has a number of projects he wants to continue to work on, including Interstate 69.
"We still have a lot of priorities and important projects that we need to bring to fruition for our communities," he said. "I hope to continue to use my seniority in Congress to see them completed.
"For close to three decades, I have worked to better the lives of South Texans," Ortiz said. "I want to continue to work for the people-continue to be the voice of Texans in Washington, D.C."
As the Democratic leadership in Congress strives to drive this country in a new direction, while two wars are fought abroad and Congress works to stabilize the country's economic situation, Ortiz says he always has the people's best interest at heart.
"Creating jobs has been a driving force for me when I was first elected to public office," Ortiz said. "I know first-hand what it's like to not have a job, and I know that during this period of economic downturn, we must do all we can to attract new and green jobs to the area I represent."
Ortiz filed for re-election on Dec. 8 in Austin.
"I ask my supporters, friends, family, and those who believe in me to join me as I seek another term in Congress," Ortiz said. "Together, we can do it."
Ortiz was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 and has been re-elected each subsequent term.
Ortiz, one of the most senior members of Congress, is Dean of the Texas Democratic Delegation, a group of 12-Democratic Members of Congress from throughout the state, as well as Dean of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a group of 24-Members of Congress of Hispanic decent.
He is currently the longest serving Democrat from Texas in the House of Representatives and is the longest serving Hispanic in Congress.
Below is a partial list of funding Ortiz helped secure during the 1st session of the 111th Congress for continued economic development of the South Texas region:
$10.2 million to construct an addition to the Army Reserve Controlled Humidity Warehouse in Robstown $7.2 million to the Port Aransas Ferry for a new ferry boat $6 million to the Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority to replace six buses and install fare boxes to improve the automated data processing bus stops $4.5 million to dredge and deepen the Brownsville Ship Channel $4.47 million for renewable energy solar panels for Naval Air Station Kingsville $3 million to the City of Brownsville Urban System for the construction of an intermodal terminal and for preventive maintenance of the bus fleet $3 million for ship breakers at the Port of Brownsville $2.9 million to U.S. National Parks in the 27th District of Texas $2.9 million for border security in the 27th District of Texas $1.6 million for renewable energy projects for the City of Brownsville $1 million for the redevelopment of Naval Station Ingleside $920,298 for preventive health care and for migrant programs at the Brownsville Community Health Center $572,000 to Texas A&M University-Kingsville to encourage Hispanics to earn graduate degrees $569,000 to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to encourage Hispanics to earn graduate degrees $480,000 to UTB/TSC to encourage students to earn graduate degrees in science and math $381,000 to Del Mar College for a program of study in real-time writing/captioning $229,000 for Adolph Thomae Jr. Park for the stabilization of 1,650-feet of wetlands and shoreline in Rio Hondo $117,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital for upgrade of hardware and software to maintain more accurate files of patients.