Gina Ortiz Jones

Ben Cardin



RACE SUMMARY: In 2018, Gina Ortiz Jones narrowly lost 49.2% to 48.7% — a margin of 926 votes — to incumbent GOP Rep. Will Hurd. This time, he is not seeking re-election, but Gina is. 

VOTING RECORD: Project VoteSmart



PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 2/1/1981

EDUCATION: Boston University (BA), (MA), United States Army Command and General Staff College (MA)

OCCUPATION: Defense Intelligence Agency, specializing in Latin American topics

FAMILY: Single



  • United States Air Force intelligence officer deployed to Iraq (2003-2006)

  • Worked for a consulting company while caring for her mother (2006)

  • Intelligence analyst for United States Africa Command in Germany

  • Defense Intelligence Agency, where she specialized in Latin American topics; ultimately becoming a special adviser to the deputy director (2008)

  • Worked for the Executive Office of the President to serve under the Office of the United States Trade Representative (2016-2017)

  • Democratic nominee for the United States House of Representatives, (TX-23), was narrowly defeated by the incumbent Republican Will Hurd (2018)

  • United States House of Representatives, (TX-23) (2019-present)



  • Supports a two-state solution
  • Believes in Israel's right to security and self-determination
  • Defends the U.S.-Israel Relationship

  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Stands with Planned Parenthood
  • Will protect women's right to safe abortions


In Her Own Words

"A woman has to be able to make decisions about her own body.  Any decision that a woman has to make should only be between her, her family,  and her doctor, and that’s it …. I think people have to have the resources to plan for themselves as well as to plan for the economic strength of their own families." 1

"Last November, I came up a little bit short in my run for Congress — 926 votes — but I've never been one to back down because the promise of our country is worth fighting for. It’s why I served in the military, deployed to Iraq; it’s why I served in President Obama’s administration and it’s why I’ve dedicated my life to public service — and it’s why I’m stepping up again to run for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District." 2

SOURCES: 1)  2)

Interesting Facts

Her single mother is an immigrant from the Philippines, and Gina identifies as an Ilocano, a Filipino ethnolinguistic group.

She is a member of the LGBT community,  and came out as a lesbian when she was fifteen years old.