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Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz (D-Texas)

District: 27th District
Political Highlights: Nueces County constable, 1965-69; Nueces County Commission, 1969-77; Nueces County sheriff, 1977-83; U.S. House, 1983-2011
Born: June 3, 1937; Robstown, Texas
Residence: Rancho Viejo
Religion: Methodist
Family: Divorced; two children
Education: Institute of Applied Science, attended 1962; Del Mar College, attended 1965-67
Military Service: Army, 1960-62
Start of Service: Elected: 1982 (14th term)
Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Readiness - Chairman; Seapower & Expeditionary Forces); Transportation & Infrastructure (Aviation; Highways & Transit; Water Resources & Environment)

Defeated by Blake Farenthold, R, in general election on November 2, 2010

Election History
2010generalBlake Farenthold (R) 51,00147.8
Solomon Ortiz (D) 50,22647.1
Edward Mishou (LIBERT) 5,3725.0
2008generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 104,86458.0
William Vaden (R) 69,45838.4
Robert Powell (LIBERT) 6,6293.7
2006generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 62,05856.8
William Vaden (R) 42,53838.9
Robert Powell (LIBERT) 4,7184.3
2004generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 112,08163.1
William Vaden (R) 61,95534.9
Christopher Claytor (LIBERT) 3,5002.0
2002generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 68,55961.1
Pat Ahumada (R) 41,00436.5
Christopher Claytor (LIBERT) 2,6462.4
2000generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 102,08863.4
Pat Ahumada (R) 54,66033.9
William Bunch (LIBERT) 4,3242.7
1998generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 61,63863.3
Erol Stone (R) 34,28435.2
Mark Pretz (LIBERT) 1,4761.5
1996generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 97,35064.6
Joe Gardner (R) 50,96433.8
Kevin Richardson (NL) 2,2861.5
1994generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 65,32559.4
Erol Stone (R) 44,69340.6
1992generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 87,02255.5
Jay Kimbrough (R) 66,85342.6
Charles Schoonover (LIBERT) 2,9691.9
1990generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 62,822100.0
1988generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 105,085100.0
1986generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 64,165100.0
1984generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 105,51663.6
1982generalSolomon Ortiz (D) 66,60464.0
Roll Call Vitals


Texas is 3rd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.