Gina Ortiz Jones

U.S. House of Representatives, District 23

Gina will be the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Texas.

Biography

After a 14-year career in national security, Gina is looking to serve her country and community again – this time as a member of Congress. The daughter of an educator who came to the U.S. as a domestic helper, Gina understands first-hand the importance of hard-work, humility, and the need to serve one’s community. As a first-generation American with experience advising military operations all over the world, Gina knows that this country is special due to the opportunities it affords for our most vulnerable to become our most promising. It was these opportunities that enabled Gina to attend Boston University on a four-year Air Force ROTC Scholarship and begin to give back to a country that gave her and her family so much. An Iraq War Veteran, Gina served under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Her own story and her professional experiences have shown Gina that national security starts with domestic opportunities like affordable health care, quality education, and basic environmental protections. Communities are also strongest when they are vested in each other’s success which is why in 2013 Gina initiated the John Jay “Service through Leadership” Scholarship to recognize students excelling in the classroom and honing their leadership skills through community service. Seeing a threat to the opportunities that enabled her story and service to be possible, Gina is running to ensure that our most vulnerable still have the opportunity to become our most promising.

Importance of Candidacy:

  • Gina will be the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Texas
  • She would be only the third openly LGBTQ woman elected to Congress
  • And the second openly LGBTQ person of color elected to Congress

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