Lina Ortega

Lina Ortega TX State Rep. for District 77 Staff: Brooke Galindo - Chief of Staff Cassandra Urrutia - District Director Brianna Holcomb- Community Liaison

Elected in 2016, Representative Evelina “Lina” Ortega is currently serving her first term in the Texas House of Representatives. A lifelong resident of District 77 in El Paso, she graduated from El Paso High School (fondly known as the Lady on the Hill) and then attended the University of Texas at El Paso before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and a minor in Economics. In her desire to help others, she continued her education and received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence at the University Of Texas School Of Law. Lina has had a distinguished legal career. She began as a Texas Assistant Attorney General in the Law Enforcement Division and then became an Assistant Federal Public Defender in El Paso. After several years of service, she then joined an El Paso law firm and began 30 years of private practice. She has dedicated her career to helping people from all walks of life who have experienced a tragedy or misfortune or who have been wronged in their personal or professional lives. She has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, one of the Best Lawyers in America, and as a Preeminent Woman Lawyer. Lina has been active in community service all her life. She assisted Judge Edward Marquez as one of the Attorneys Pro Tem with the Court of Inquiry that brought to light state funding inequities for El Paso. She served on the board of directors of Family Services of El Paso. She is past president of the Women’s Bar Association and the El Paso County Trial Lawyers Association. She was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the State Board of Disciplinary Appeals. Most recently, she was chair of the El Paso County Ethics Commission. Lina is married and has two adult daughters. Her husband is a university professor. One of her daughters is a teacher and the other is completing her residency program as a physician. She is also the proud grandmother of Agustin and Elias.

Elected in 2016, Representative Evelina “Lina” Ortega is currently serving her first term in the Texas House of Representatives. A lifelong resident of District 77 in El Paso, she graduated from El Paso High School (fondly known as the Lady on the Hill) and then attended the University of Texas at El Paso before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and a minor in Economics. In her desire to help others, she continued her education and received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence at the University Of Texas School Of Law. Lina has had a distinguished legal career. She began as a Texas Assistant Attorney General in the Law Enforcement Division and then became an Assistant Federal Public Defender in El Paso. After several years of service, she then joined an El Paso law firm and began 30 years of private practice. She has dedicated her career to helping people from all walks of life who have experienced a tragedy or misfortune or who have been wronged in their personal or professional lives. She has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, one of the Best Lawyers in America, and as a Preeminent Woman Lawyer. Lina has been active in community service all her life. She assisted Judge Edward Marquez as one of the Attorneys Pro Tem with the Court of Inquiry that brought to light state funding inequities for El Paso. She served on the board of directors of Family Services of El Paso. She is past president of the Women’s Bar Association and the El Paso County Trial Lawyers Association. She was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the State Board of Disciplinary Appeals. Most recently, she was chair of the El Paso County Ethics Commission. Lina is married and has two adult daughters. Her husband is a university professor. One of her daughters is a teacher and the other is completing her residency program as a physician. She is also the proud grandmother of Agustin and Elias.

Operating as usual

Diversity is our strength. Diversity needs tolerance.On #ToleranceDay we recall our fundamental values: human dignity, f...
11/16/2020

Diversity is our strength. Diversity needs tolerance.

On #ToleranceDay we recall our fundamental values: human dignity, freedom, equality, & respect for human and minority rights.

Everyone deserves to be respected, accepted & appreciated no matter who they are.

"New team, new challenges, same love. The time between last session and the coming one has been one of the most difficul...
11/16/2020

"New team, new challenges, same love. The time between last session and the coming one has been one of the most difficult in #ElPaso history, and there’s a lot of hard work ahead. That’s why we’re united, we’re strong, and we’re ready to fight for this community.” #txlege

11/14/2020
Press Release: State Rep Lina Ortega hosts FREE Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing before Thanksgiving

In collaboration with the Southside Neighborhood Association, Texas Division of Emergency Management, and EPISD Community Schools, my office is hosting a FREE drive-thru COVID-19 testing event next Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 9 AM - 4 PM at Guillen Middle School (900 S. Cotton St. El Paso, Texas 79901). Testing will be available to all members of the public. There are no requirements to get tested, and no appointment is needed. People without symptoms can still spread the virus, and we know from experience that our cases spike after a holiday. Everyone must do our part to slow the spread of #COVID19 in our community. Get tested and know your results before you consider gathering for Thanksgiving.

Today I would like to thank all members of our military, in all branches, past and present.To those who defend our freed...
11/11/2020

Today I would like to thank all members of our military, in all branches, past and present.

To those who defend our freedom, Happy Veterans Day.

#VeteransDay #wesaluteyou #honorthosewhoserved

11/04/2020

For our families and our communities, EVERY vote will be counted.

You can vote at ANY Voting Center in El Paso County.

All Voting Centers will be open until 7:00 p.m.

OUR VOTES COUNT. #2020election

Find your nearest voting center: https://bit.ly/2DJhSNJ

11/03/2020

You voted. You will be counted.

You can vote at ANY Voting Center in El Paso County.

All Voting Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

CUENTA CADA VOTO. #2020election

Find your nearest voting center: https://bit.ly/2DJhSNJ

11/03/2020

The votes you fought for will be counted.

You can vote at ANY Voting Center in El Paso County.

All Voting Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WE WILL BE COUNTED. #2020election

Find your nearest voting center: https://bit.ly/2DJhSNJ

11/03/2020
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EVERY. VOTE. COUNTS.

You can vote at ANY Voting Center in El Paso County.

All Voting Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Find your nearest voting center: https://bit.ly/2DJhSNJ

#2020election #electionday #yourvotecounts

11/03/2020

IT'S ELECTION DAY! You can vote at ANY Voting Center in El Paso County; all Voting Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

YOUR VOTE. YOUR VOICE. #2020election #electionday

Find your nearest voting center: https://bit.ly/2DJhSNJ

Message from County Judge Ricardo Samaniego. Please #Reshare.Tonight is an important milestone for our community. We wil...
10/31/2020

Message from County Judge Ricardo Samaniego. Please #Reshare.

Tonight is an important milestone for our community. We will either CHOOSE to break the cycle of increased cases by staying in and staying safe. Or we will continue on the way we have been and see more of our friends and family fall victim to #COVID19. Please be safe tonight, #elpaso.

Yesterday, I issued the following statement in response to the recent restrictions enacted by County Judge Ricardo Saman...
10/31/2020

Yesterday, I issued the following statement in response to the recent restrictions enacted by County Judge Ricardo Samaniego. I believe he is taking the necessary steps to slow the spread of #COVID19 in our community.

TODAY is the LAST day of vote early  in Texas! You can vote at ANY Voting Center in El Paso County; all Voting Centers w...
10/30/2020

TODAY is the LAST day of vote early in Texas! You can vote at ANY Voting Center in El Paso County; all Voting Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

YOUR VOTE COUNTS. #2020election #earlyvoting

Find your nearest voting center: https://bit.ly/2DJhSNJ

EP County Judge Samaniego is issuing a two-week shutdown of all non-essential businesses in El Paso County effective mid...
10/30/2020

EP County Judge Samaniego is issuing a two-week shutdown of all non-essential businesses in El Paso County effective midnight.

All businesses that are non-essential must close:
Tattoo Parlors
Hair Salons
Nail Salons
Gyms
Massage Businesses
In-Person Dining
Retail and Food-To-Go is permitted

All essential businesses remain open:
Polling Sites
Schools providing Meal Services
Childcare Facilities
Grocery Stores
Funeral Services
All Healthcare Offices And Facilities
Pharmacies
Government operations
Post offices

Stay home and slow the spread.

“Stay at home, wear a mask and distance when out, and wash hands often.”
10/26/2020

“Stay at home, wear a mask and distance when out, and wash hands often.”

10/13/2020

TODAY is the first day of early voting in Texas! You can vote at ANY Voting Center in El Paso County; all Voting Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

YOUR VOTE COUNTS. #2020election #earlyvoting

Find your nearest voting center: https://bit.ly/2DJhSNJ

REMINDER- Early voting for the November 3rd election begins TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 13th, 2020. The end date remains ...
10/12/2020

REMINDER- Early voting for the November 3rd election begins TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 13th, 2020. The end date remains Friday, October 30th, 2020.

Beat the lines and vote at any polling location in El Paso County.
#yourvotecounts

Polling stations: https://bit.ly/2DJhSNJ

Due to the resolution signed by the EP County Judge & Commissioner's Court on October 5, Indigenous Peoples’ Day will be...
10/12/2020

Due to the resolution signed by the EP County Judge & Commissioner's Court on October 5, Indigenous Peoples’ Day will be observed by the county for the first time today, October 12, and going forward every year.

Today we celebrate the people who first called this land home.

REMINDER- 25 days left until Election Day. The extension of the early voting period for the November election is six day...
10/09/2020

REMINDER- 25 days left until Election Day. The extension of the early voting period for the November election is six days.

Early voting for the November 3rd election will now begin October 13th. The end date remains October 30th.

Polling stations: https://bit.ly/2DJhSNJ

“When women are excluded from these leadership positions, they do not have seats at the table when it comes to the most ...
10/08/2020
We women of the Texas House want a fair shot at leadership positions in the next Legislature

“When women are excluded from these leadership positions, they do not have seats at the table when it comes to the most important decisions.”

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2020/10/08/we-women-of-the-texas-house-demand-full-participation-in-the-power-of-the-legislature/?outputType=amp&__twitter_impression=true

This election cycle more women are running for the Texas House than ever before and if, as predicted, many of them win, there will be more women holding...

Voter Registration Deadline is TODAY, Monday, October 5th.In order to vote in the November 3rd Election, you must be reg...
10/05/2020

Voter Registration Deadline is TODAY, Monday, October 5th.

In order to vote in the November 3rd Election, you must be registered. You can register by mail to vote in Texas by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office.

Check your voter registration now at,
https://epcountyvotes.com/quick_links/am_i_registered.

#vote #elpaso #2020election

Join us today at the Borderland Rainbow Center for their weekly community food drive. Team Ortega will be there until 2 ...
10/05/2020

Join us today at the Borderland Rainbow Center for their weekly community food drive. Team Ortega will be there until 2 pm registering voters!

2714 Wyoming Dr. El Paso, Texas 79903

-DEADLINE REMINDER- El Paso! The last day to register to vote is this Monday, October 5th, 2020, to be eligible to use y...
10/02/2020

-DEADLINE REMINDER-

El Paso! The last day to register to vote is this Monday, October 5th, 2020, to be eligible to use your voice at the polls this election! #YourVoteCounts #VoteEP #2020election #registrationdeadline

To register to vote:
https://bit.ly/3ni6vyf

TODAY, Team Ortega will team up with Chapin High School's StuCo for their Drive Thru Voter Registration between 2:00 PM ...
09/30/2020

TODAY, Team Ortega will team up with Chapin High School's StuCo for their Drive Thru Voter Registration between 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM.

Come by Chapin High School (located at 7000 Dyer. El Paso, TX 79904, behind the Fine Arts Building.) & get registered to vote! #VoteEP

DEADLINE- El Paso, today is the LAST DAY to fill out your census! The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how...
09/30/2020

DEADLINE- El Paso, today is the LAST DAY to fill out your census!
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into the El Paso community every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of our community.

Let's make sure we are counted for our Sun City. #ElPasoCensus2020 #YOUcount

Fill out the Census: https://my2020census.gov/

Tomorrow, Team Ortega is teaming up with Chapin High School's StuCo for their Drive Thru Voter Registration tomorrow bet...
09/29/2020

Tomorrow, Team Ortega is teaming up with Chapin High School's StuCo for their Drive Thru Voter Registration tomorrow between 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM.

Come by Chapin High School (located at 7000 Dyer. El Paso, TX 79904, behind the Fine Arts Building.) & get registered to vote! #VoteEP

REMINDER- If you have recently moved or changed your name, you will need to update your voter registration. This submiss...
09/28/2020

REMINDER- If you have recently moved or changed your name, you will need to update your voter registration. This submission of change must be done by Monday, October 5th, 2020, to be eligible to use your voice at the polls! #YourVoteCounts

For more info:
https://bit.ly/2DJhSNJ

#Repost @episdschools• • • • • •ATTENTION PARENTS: Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in El Paso in the last weeks, EP...
09/26/2020

#Repost @episdschools
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ATTENTION PARENTS: Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in El Paso in the last weeks, EPISD has made the decision to delay the start of in-person instruction.

For more information please log on to episd.org. #IamEPISD

Today, Team Ortega assisted with getting the UTEP Men's Basketball Team registered to vote. It was a great turnout with ...
09/25/2020

Today, Team Ortega assisted with getting the UTEP Men's Basketball Team registered to vote. It was a great turnout with a great program!

Reminder, the last day to register to vote is October 5th. All votes count! #EPvotes #2020election #registertovote

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this year to protect yourself, your family and your community from the...
09/25/2020

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this year to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients.

September and October are great times to get your flu vaccine taken care of.

Visit https://www.immunizeelpaso.org/ and get your flu shot today! #ImmunizeEP #EPStrong #preventtheflu

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this year to protect yourself, your family and your community from the...
09/25/2020

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this year to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients.

September and October are great times to get your flu vaccine taken care of.

Visit https://www.immunizeelpaso.org/ and get your flu shot today! #ImmunizeEP #EPStrong #preventtheflu

Complete your #2020Census questionnaire over the phone today between 9 am - 6pm MT, and enter for a chance to win a gift...
09/24/2020

Complete your #2020Census questionnaire over the phone today between 9 am - 6pm MT, and enter for a chance to win a gift card!

Call (915) 314-8785 or (915) 792-1892

#TogetherFearlessWeCount
#ElPasoCensus

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¡Llame para completar su cuestionario del Censo entre 9am y 6pm hoy, y participe para ganar uno de varios premios de tarjetas de regalo!

Llama al (915) 314-8785 o al (915) 792-1892

#JuntosConConfianzaContamos #ElPasoCenso

09/24/2020
Mexican American Legislative Caucus

Join my colleagues and experts in the field of Redistricting for an in-depth discussion on the process and an opportunity to ask your questions.

Today, September 24, 2020 from 4-5 PM MT.

The Mexican American Legislative Caucus invites you to join our Texas Redistricting Town Hall!

This is a unique opportunity to hear from experts and MALC Members about the history of redistricting in Texas and the importance of filling out the census ahead of the 87th Texas Legislative Session.

Your voice matters and needs to be heard! We encourage you to get involved in the redistricting process and ask any questions you may have directly to our panelists and Members.

Panelists include:

- José Garza, Civil Rights Attorney
- Joaquin Gonzalez, Texas Civil Rights Project
- Michael Li, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law
- Katie Martin Lightfoot, Texas Counts
- Lydia Ozuna, Texans Against Gerrymandering - TAG
- Dr. Lila Valencia, Texas Demographic Center

MALC Members include:
- Rep. Rafael Anchía, MALC Chair
- Rep. Alex Dominguez - Your State Representative Dist.37
- Rep. State Representative Jessica González
- Rep. Terry Meza for State Representative
- Rep. State Representative Ina Minjarez
- Rep. Joe Moody, Speaker Pro Tempore
- Rep. Representative Ana-Maria Ramos
- Rep. State Representative Armando Walle

Please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We are excited to see you on Thursday, September 24 at 5:00 PM Central Time. Tell your family and friends!

#Repost @elpasocensus2020• • • • • •Join 𝙩𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮 for a Peer to Peer Census Text Event!! With just a few days left until th...
09/24/2020

#Repost @elpasocensus2020
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Join 𝙩𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮 for a Peer to Peer Census Text Event!! With just a few days left until the September 30 deadline to complete the 2020 Census we need your help in ensuring every community is properly counted

RSVP: Link in @elpasocensus2020 bio

Thankful for the opportunity to work with @cs_episd and @uscensusbureau to get our neighbors registered to vote and prov...
09/23/2020

Thankful for the opportunity to work with @cs_episd and @uscensusbureau to get our neighbors registered to vote and provide help with the #2020Census at today's mobile food pantry/ Census drive.

It was a great way to celebrate democracy this #nationalvoterregistrationday. Thank you for having us #segundobarrio!

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The NTTA is charging toll fees to El Paso drivers, as a law abiding citizen and coming from a so called authority, I trusted the charges were legitimate and paid. After seeing the Channel 7 (KVIA) news (link below), turns out they were not. Contacted the NTTA for refund. Contact you bank they said. Be aware an don't pay attention to those charges. Maybe there are many of us. I hope this gets somebody's attention. NTTA should be investigated for fraud!!!
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Collect the 550. Trump owe you for his first visit. Then he can come tomorrow. Need to say this publicly so everyone knows where he stands.
I support your views regarding Trump’s proposed visit. It will cause more strain and is not needed nor is it welcome at this time. My prayers go out to you as you cope with this senseless tragedy.
You dont speak for me or a lot of el pasoens.
Let Texas SB839/HB4260 be the next State to get this Law passed with your help. Thanking you in advance
Honorable Lina Ortega thank you for the time to view this comment. I wanted to answer a question you posed during the House Subcommittee on Health Professions hearing for #HB29 recently. You questioned, "How long have other states had access to physical therapy without referral?" Here are the relative facts: Direct access to physical therapy was first implemented statewide in Nebraska in 1957. Sixty-two years ago! 3. 16 direct access states granted their state access in the 1980s or prior! Direct access (no referral required) is not a new concept rather an adopted policy that has been slow for many states but as you see above 1/3 of our country has provided better access to physical therapy for DECADES. Of further mentioned (as stated during this hearing), there have been no states that have RESCINDED rights to physical therapy in the history of this great nation. Please help this wonderful advocacy for Texas resident rights to access of physical therapy
Please increase our Representation by growing the State House Members from 150 to 300 (1 Rep per 100K people). Smaller districts make the representatives more accountable to their constituency and foster greater individual liberty.
Para más información, comuníquese a la Oficina de la Representante Estatal Lina Ortega, al teléfono (915) 351-4031.
Please pursue Electoral Reform by supporting STAR Voting system for all State-wide offices so we can replace the inferior Plurality Voting. https://www.facebook.com/EqualVote/videos/2014179648828780/
Are you a DACA supporter? Are you for strict immigration legislations or simply open border as many other liberal politicians?