Gina Ortiz Jones
Gina Ortiz Jones is an Air Force intelligence veteran who served in the Obama administration. She’s the daughter of a Filipina immigrant single mother, and she’s openly LGBTQ.
An LPAC endorsee in 2018, Jones lost her race by less than 1,000 votes to incumbent Will Hurd, despite being an extremely qualified candidate to represent Texas's 23rd Congressional District. She is running again in 2020.
Ortiz Jones earned a four-year Air Force ROTC scholarship and attended Boston University, where she earned a BA in East Asian studies and an MAin economics. To qualify for a career in military intelligence, she went on to study military arts and sciences at the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies and earned another master’s degree.
She then joined the Air Force and was deployed to Iraq during the peak of George W. Bush’s unpopular war. Embedded with the Army as an active duty intelligence officer – during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tel” – her job was to guide American fighter pilots on when to respond to enemy engagement.
In the 12 years following her active duty service, Jones advised on operations in Latin America and Africa, working at the intersection of economic and national security issues. She also served as the Senior Advisor for Trade Enforcement, a position President Obama created by Executive Order in 2012. Jones lives in San Antonio.
House of Representatives
Status: Lost general election