Lina Ortega

Lina Ortega TX State Rep. for District 77

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Gabriella Mata - Policy Aide
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 Ba

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 Ba

Operating as usual

Last night, House Democrats chose to walk out of the House Chamber and break quorum in order to kill a voter- suppressio...
05/31/2021

Last night, House Democrats chose to walk out of the House Chamber and break quorum in order to kill a voter- suppression bill that targeted people of color, Senate Bill 7. House Democrats fought to improve this bill during the entire legislative session. Promises were made to Democrats that were later broken. The final version by the Senate was revealed to us less than 24 hours before we were expected to vote on it. The proposed law was clearly an attempt to suppress voters of color while being disguised as a voter integrity bill. I was proud to stand with my colleagues against this harmful bill last night and while we expect this bill to come back in a special session, we celebrate a victory today. #txlege #SB7

Last night, House Democrats chose to walk out of the House Chamber and break quorum in order to kill a voter- suppression bill that targeted people of color, Senate Bill 7. House Democrats fought to improve this bill during the entire legislative session. Promises were made to Democrats that were later broken. The final version by the Senate was revealed to us less than 24 hours before we were expected to vote on it. The proposed law was clearly an attempt to suppress voters of color while being disguised as a voter integrity bill. I was proud to stand with my colleagues against this harmful bill last night and while we expect this bill to come back in a special session, we celebrate a victory today. #txlege #SB7

Today, we shed light on the those putting hope into action for a better tomorrow. What we do today impacts our future.Th...
04/22/2021

Today, we shed light on the those putting hope into action for a better tomorrow. What we do today impacts our future.

This Earth Day, let us raise awareness and inspire others to making meaningful changes in their lives for our Earth. #tomorrowcannotwait #earthday2021

Today, we shed light on the those putting hope into action for a better tomorrow. What we do today impacts our future.

This Earth Day, let us raise awareness and inspire others to making meaningful changes in their lives for our Earth. #tomorrowcannotwait #earthday2021

“We are not powerless to prevent the horrific epidemic of gun violence in this state—this Legislature has simply chosen ...
04/16/2021

“We are not powerless to prevent the horrific epidemic of gun violence in this state—this Legislature has simply chosen not to."

“We are not powerless to prevent the horrific epidemic of gun violence in this state—this Legislature has simply chosen not to."

HAPPENING NOW:I’m presenting House Bill 118, which closes loopholes for private gun sales, to the House Homeland Securit...
04/08/2021

HAPPENING NOW:
I’m presenting House Bill 118, which closes loopholes for private gun sales, to the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/

HAPPENING NOW:
I’m presenting House Bill 118, which closes loopholes for private gun sales, to the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/

Today the El Paso State Delegation filed a resolution honoring the victims of the August 3, 2019 attack on our community...
04/07/2021

Today the El Paso State Delegation filed a resolution honoring the victims of the August 3, 2019 attack on our community.

Today the El Paso State Delegation filed a resolution honoring the victims of the August 3, 2019 attack on our community.

Yesterday morning, I had the privilege of participating in a virtual press conference with @txgunsense, local and state ...
03/31/2021

Yesterday morning, I had the privilege of participating in a virtual press conference with @txgunsense, local and state officials, to discuss the importance of passing Common Sense Gun Violence Prevention policies.

We must end gun violence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96uozxpA4zY

Yesterday morning, I had the privilege of participating in a virtual press conference with @txgunsense, local and state officials, to discuss the importance of passing Common Sense Gun Violence Prevention policies.

We must end gun violence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96uozxpA4zY

Today, and everyday let us recognize the extraordinary doctors and other talented medical professionals who have collect...
03/30/2021

Today, and everyday let us recognize the extraordinary doctors and other talented medical professionals who have collectively risen to the challenge of combating the coronavirus pandemic in communities large and small across the United States.

We thank you. #doctorsday

Today, and everyday let us recognize the extraordinary doctors and other talented medical professionals who have collectively risen to the challenge of combating the coronavirus pandemic in communities large and small across the United States.

We thank you. #doctorsday

Tonight I have the privilege of presenting House Bill 127, which would prevent open carry of assault weapons, in committ...
03/26/2021

Tonight I have the privilege of presenting House Bill 127, which would prevent open carry of assault weapons, in committee.

I filed this bill to prevent future tragedies like what happened in El Paso in 2019.

Watch live below:

https://tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=9&event_id=6052

Tonight I have the privilege of presenting House Bill 127, which would prevent open carry of assault weapons, in committee.

I filed this bill to prevent future tragedies like what happened in El Paso in 2019.

Watch live below:

https://tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=9&event_id=6052

I am proud to stand with the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and support the George Floyd Act, which is being heard today...
03/25/2021

I am proud to stand with the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and support the George Floyd Act, which is being heard today in committee. #txlege

I am proud to stand with the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and support the George Floyd Act, which is being heard today in committee. #txlege

DSHS, 3/23/2021- All adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas beginning Monday, March 29. The Texa...
03/23/2021

DSHS, 3/23/2021- All adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas beginning Monday, March 29. The Texas Department of State Health Services expects vaccine supplies to increase next week, and providers in multiple parts of the state have made great strides in vaccinating people in the current priority groups.

The state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccination to everyone who falls under the current Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations to protect as many Texans as possible.

DSHS has directed vaccine providers to prioritize people 80 years old or older when scheduling appointments and accommodate anyone in that age group who presents for vaccination, whether or not they have an appointment, by immediately moving them to the front of the line. That will ensure vaccination of anyone 80 or older with as small a burden on themselves as possible.

Also next week, DSHS will launch a website to allow people to register for a shot through some public health providers. The public will be able to enroll in the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler to identify upcoming vaccine clinics hosted by DSHS or a participating local health department and be notified when new clinics and appointments become available. People can continue to find additional providers though the DSHS Vaccine Information page at dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine.

Online registration will be the best option for most people. For those for whom that is not an option, DSHS will launch a toll-free number to provide assistance making an appointment with a participating provider or locating another provider that has vaccine available.

To date, Texas has administered more than 9.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, equating to more than 6 million people with at least one dose and more than 3 million fully vaccinated. Most vaccines are authorized for people 18 years old and older; the FDA has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for use in people 16 and older.

DSHS, 3/23/2021- All adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas beginning Monday, March 29. The Texas Department of State Health Services expects vaccine supplies to increase next week, and providers in multiple parts of the state have made great strides in vaccinating people in the current priority groups.

The state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommended opening vaccination to everyone who falls under the current Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations to protect as many Texans as possible.

DSHS has directed vaccine providers to prioritize people 80 years old or older when scheduling appointments and accommodate anyone in that age group who presents for vaccination, whether or not they have an appointment, by immediately moving them to the front of the line. That will ensure vaccination of anyone 80 or older with as small a burden on themselves as possible.

Also next week, DSHS will launch a website to allow people to register for a shot through some public health providers. The public will be able to enroll in the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler to identify upcoming vaccine clinics hosted by DSHS or a participating local health department and be notified when new clinics and appointments become available. People can continue to find additional providers though the DSHS Vaccine Information page at dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine.

Online registration will be the best option for most people. For those for whom that is not an option, DSHS will launch a toll-free number to provide assistance making an appointment with a participating provider or locating another provider that has vaccine available.

To date, Texas has administered more than 9.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, equating to more than 6 million people with at least one dose and more than 3 million fully vaccinated. Most vaccines are authorized for people 18 years old and older; the FDA has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for use in people 16 and older.

“I strongly disagree with Governor Abbott’s decision to lift COVID-19 public health safety measures, including the state...
03/02/2021

“I strongly disagree with Governor Abbott’s decision to lift COVID-19 public health safety measures, including the statewide mask mandate, today. I represent an area of the state hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and I have seen first-hand how safety measures like masking and social distancing can reduce community spread and save lives. I hope that Texas businesses will choose to keep these important public health protocols in place. Texans should continue to follow federal guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include continuing to wear face masks and limiting social gatherings until enough Texans have received the vaccine that we have reached herd immunity.”

“I strongly disagree with Governor Abbott’s decision to lift COVID-19 public health safety measures, including the statewide mask mandate, today. I represent an area of the state hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and I have seen first-hand how safety measures like masking and social distancing can reduce community spread and save lives. I hope that Texas businesses will choose to keep these important public health protocols in place. Texans should continue to follow federal guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include continuing to wear face masks and limiting social gatherings until enough Texans have received the vaccine that we have reached herd immunity.”

March is #WomensHistoryMonth, so let us celebrate the contributions of women past and present, not only this month, but ...
03/01/2021

March is #WomensHistoryMonth, so let us celebrate the contributions of women past and present, not only this month, but all the months that follow.

"Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it." - Maya Angelou

March is #WomensHistoryMonth, so let us celebrate the contributions of women past and present, not only this month, but all the months that follow.

"Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it." - Maya Angelou

As a result of the passing of HCR 42, today, February 26th is now Blood, Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Registration Day...
02/26/2021

As a result of the passing of HCR 42, today, February 26th is now Blood, Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Registration Day in the State of Texas.

Let us take the necessary steps to be part of the life-saving process that benefits many lives.

Register at https://linktr.ee/donorday

As a result of the passing of HCR 42, today, February 26th is now Blood, Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Registration Day in the State of Texas.

Let us take the necessary steps to be part of the life-saving process that benefits many lives.

Register at https://linktr.ee/donorday

Please join the Texas Legislative Port Caucus and El Paso leaders, including myself, on the discussion of the economic i...
02/26/2021

Please join the Texas Legislative Port Caucus and El Paso leaders, including myself, on the discussion of the economic impact of the Ports of El Paso on the Texas economy. Log on tomorrow, Friday, February 26 from 1:00-2:00 pm CST/12:00-1:00 pm MST.

The general public is invited to watch the discussion on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/RepTerryCanales) or on the House Website (https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/).

Please join the Texas Legislative Port Caucus and El Paso leaders, including myself, on the discussion of the economic impact of the Ports of El Paso on the Texas economy. Log on tomorrow, Friday, February 26 from 1:00-2:00 pm CST/12:00-1:00 pm MST.

The general public is invited to watch the discussion on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/RepTerryCanales) or on the House Website (https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/).

Log on with me TODAY as I join the LIBRE Initiative Texas for a conversation on Health Care and Criminal Justice Reform ...
02/25/2021

Log on with me TODAY as I join the LIBRE Initiative Texas for a conversation on Health Care and Criminal Justice Reform this legislative session.

You can register to view through Zoom https://bit.ly/39rzavL or follow @LIBRETexas to watch, as it will be streamed live.

Log on with me TODAY as I join the LIBRE Initiative Texas for a conversation on Health Care and Criminal Justice Reform this legislative session.

You can register to view through Zoom https://bit.ly/39rzavL or follow @LIBRETexas to watch, as it will be streamed live.

Log on with me this Thursday as I join the LIBRE Initiative Texas for a conversation on Health Care and Criminal Justice...
02/23/2021

Log on with me this Thursday as I join the LIBRE Initiative Texas for a conversation on Health Care and Criminal Justice Reform this legislative session.

You can register to view through Zoom https://bit.ly/39rzavL or follow @LIBRETexas to watch, as it will be streamed live.

Log on with me this Thursday as I join the LIBRE Initiative Texas for a conversation on Health Care and Criminal Justice Reform this legislative session.

You can register to view through Zoom https://bit.ly/39rzavL or follow @LIBRETexas to watch, as it will be streamed live.

Today, The Office of City Representative Annello is looking to aid and give back to the community.Sign up to help your f...
02/13/2021

Today, The Office of City Representative Annello is looking to aid and give back to the community.

Sign up to help your fellow El Pasoans. #donate #savealife

https://bit.ly/D2DonateValentine

Today, The Office of City Representative Annello is looking to aid and give back to the community.

Sign up to help your fellow El Pasoans. #donate #savealife

https://bit.ly/D2DonateValentine

Tomorrow,  The Office of City Representative Annello is looking to aid and give back to the community.Sign up today to h...
02/12/2021

Tomorrow, The Office of City Representative Annello is looking to aid and give back to the community.

Sign up today to help your fellow El Pasoans. #donate #savealife

https://bit.ly/D2DonateValentine

Tomorrow, The Office of City Representative Annello is looking to aid and give back to the community.

Sign up today to help your fellow El Pasoans. #donate #savealife

https://bit.ly/D2DonateValentine

As we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science let us recognize the women and girls who've revolutioniz...
02/11/2021

As we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science let us recognize the women and girls who've revolutionized their fields. Both women and girls continue to persevere despite oppressive institutions, restrictions on higher education, gender barriers, and race-driven division within their research fields.

Today, these women and girls continue to push forward in the STEM fields and they're becoming a bigger part of the sciences.
#sisepuede #yeshecan #womensupportingwomen #femaleempowerment #genderequality

As we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science let us recognize the women and girls who've revolutionized their fields. Both women and girls continue to persevere despite oppressive institutions, restrictions on higher education, gender barriers, and race-driven division within their research fields.

Today, these women and girls continue to push forward in the STEM fields and they're becoming a bigger part of the sciences.
#sisepuede #yeshecan #womensupportingwomen #femaleempowerment #genderequality

I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Transportation and Higher Education Committees this legislative session...
02/04/2021

I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Transportation and Higher Education Committees this legislative session. El Paso's recovery from COVID-19 depends on the opportunities that a strong higher education system and an improved transportation infrastructure will bring.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Transportation and Higher Education Committees this legislative session. El Paso's recovery from COVID-19 depends on the opportunities that a strong higher education system and an improved transportation infrastructure will bring.

Black History Month is a time we pay tribute to the heroes and heroines of U.S. history and recognize the vast contribut...
02/02/2021

Black History Month is a time we pay tribute to the heroes and heroines of U.S. history and recognize the vast contributions they’ve made to American culture.

Not only in the month of February, but everyday, let us recognize these outstanding individuals. #blackhistorymonth

Black History Month is a time we pay tribute to the heroes and heroines of U.S. history and recognize the vast contributions they’ve made to American culture.

Not only in the month of February, but everyday, let us recognize these outstanding individuals. #blackhistorymonth

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If you don't like living in a State that respects the 2A, get out. You aren't getting our guns or our rights .
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!!!
Just introducing myself, I am a Democrat running for Texas House of Representatives for District 83 in 2020 https://www.facebook.com/addisonfortx
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/