Gina Ortiz Jones
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
EDUCATION: Boston University (BA), (MA), United States Army Command and General Staff College (MA)
OCCUPATION: Defense Intelligence Agency, specializing in Latin American topics
- 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
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.