Gina will be the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Texas
In 2018 Gina Ortiz Jones came within just 926 votes of defeating Will Hurd in TX-23. Gina was raised by a single mother, who came to the United States because she believed in the promise of a better future and limitless opportunities. Their road wasn’t always easy and Gina knows first-hand what it is like to live in subsidized housing and to rely on reduced-priced lunches as a kid. She learned early that it takes both hard work and opportunity to get ahead. After graduating from Boston University on a four year R.O.T.C. scholarship, she was commissioned as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, and served in Iraq under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Gina returned home to San Antonio following her deployment to help care for her mother who was fighting cancer. Over the past 14 years, Gina has built a career in national security, with a particular focus on defense intelligence and economic security. This includes serving as the Director for Investment at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative under President Obama. As an Iraq War veteran and civil servant, it’s not in Gina’s blood to sit around as our national security and the opportunities that she has spent her career protecting are threatened, especially while her own community was being represented by someone who is a rubber stamp for the Trump administration. She knows that we need a leader standing up for the issues that can make a real impact on people’s lives.
Importance of Candidacy:
- Gina will be the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Texas
- She would be only the third openly LGBTQ person of color elected to Congress