Lina Ortega

Lina Ortega TX State Rep. for District 77

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Malea McMurray- 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

SB 1, the voter reform bill, was signed into law today. The law faces numerous legal challenges as its provisions target...
09/07/2021
Gov. Greg Abbott signs Texas voting bill into law, overcoming Democratic quorum breaks

SB 1, the voter reform bill, was signed into law today. The law faces numerous legal challenges as its provisions target minority communities and make it difficult for persons with disabilities to vote.

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/01/texas-voting-bill-greg-abbott/?fbclid=IwAR343eOcZCAtrkVyB-_VQ0TE_p_HwRyfko5vs6oki-pzGGY-ARu5qPOgck8

SB 1 makes up Republicans’ third attempt to pass a far-reaching law that restricts how and when voters cast ballots. It takes particular aim at voting initiatives used in diverse, Democratic Harris County in the 2020 election.

As of today, permitless carry is the law in Texas. You can still prohibit fi****ms in private businesses and on private ...
09/01/2021

As of today, permitless carry is the law in Texas. You can still prohibit fi****ms in private businesses and on private property.

As of today, permitless carry is the law in Texas. You can still prohibit fi****ms in private businesses and on private property.

08/27/2021
The Texas House just began debate on Senate Bill 1, which puts up unnecessary and deliberate barriers to voting to make ...
08/26/2021
Texas House of Representatives

The Texas House just began debate on Senate Bill 1, which puts up unnecessary and deliberate barriers to voting to make it harder for Texans to cast our ballots freely, safely, and equally. I will continue to fight with everything I have for your freedom to vote.

Tune in here: https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/

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I hope democracy will now prevail on the federal front even though it has failed under Republican leadership in Texas. P...
08/25/2021
U.S. House passes John Lewis Voting Rights Act pushed by Texas House Democrats who fled Austin

I hope democracy will now prevail on the federal front even though it has failed under Republican leadership in Texas. Proud to have been a part of it.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2021/08/24/us-house-passes-john-lewis-voting-rights-act-pushed-by-texas-house-democrats-who-fled-austin/%3foutputType=amp

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Tuesday to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which supporters say would reestablish critical sections of...

08/23/2021
We are currently accepting applications for The Texas Armed Services Scholarship. For more information or to apply pleas...
08/12/2021

We are currently accepting applications for The Texas Armed Services Scholarship. For more information or to apply please email [email protected]

We are currently accepting applications for The Texas Armed Services Scholarship. For more information or to apply please email [email protected]

Today, Texas House Democrats have declared a historic victory for Texas voters by officially killing the TX GOP’s anti-v...
08/06/2021

Today, Texas House Democrats have declared a historic victory for Texas voters by officially killing the TX GOP’s anti-voter bills. Members of @TexasHDC, @TXBlackCaucus & @MALCTX will continue to fight for all Texans’ #freedomtovote!

Today, Texas House Democrats have declared a historic victory for Texas voters by officially killing the TX GOP’s anti-voter bills. Members of @TexasHDC, @TXBlackCaucus & @MALCTX will continue to fight for all Texans’ #freedomtovote!

“Today we honor those we lost through remembrance and through our promise to continue to fight against hatred. We send o...
08/03/2021

“Today we honor those we lost through remembrance and through our promise to continue to fight against hatred. We send our love and support to all of our community members feeling the loss of loved ones. We are resilient, we are strong, and we stand united as one community, as one família.” #ElPasoStrong

“Today we honor those we lost through remembrance and through our promise to continue to fight against hatred. We send our love and support to all of our community members feeling the loss of loved ones. We are resilient, we are strong, and we stand united as one community, as one família.” #ElPasoStrong

HAPPENING NOW: three of my courageous colleagues - Nicole Collier, Senfronia Thompson, and Diego Bernal -  will testify ...
07/29/2021

HAPPENING NOW: three of my courageous colleagues - Nicole Collier, Senfronia Thompson, and Diego Bernal - will testify before a U.S. House Subcommittee about extreme anti-voting restrictions being pushed by Governor Abbott/Texas Republicans. (tag members)
It has never been more clear -- Congress must pass sweeping voting rights legislation!

WATCH HERE: https://oversight.house.gov/legislation/hearings/democracy-in-danger-the-assault-on-voting-rights-in-texas

HAPPENING NOW: three of my courageous colleagues - Nicole Collier, Senfronia Thompson, and Diego Bernal - will testify before a U.S. House Subcommittee about extreme anti-voting restrictions being pushed by Governor Abbott/Texas Republicans. (tag members)
It has never been more clear -- Congress must pass sweeping voting rights legislation!

WATCH HERE: https://oversight.house.gov/legislation/hearings/democracy-in-danger-the-assault-on-voting-rights-in-texas

07/20/2021

HAPPENING NOW:

We’ve been in DC for one week protecting the sacred freedom to vote in Texas. Since we got here, we’ve met with Sen. War...
07/19/2021

We’ve been in DC for one week protecting the sacred freedom to vote in Texas. Since we got here, we’ve met with Sen. Warren, Sen. Manchin, and the Vice President. Join us tonight at 8PM ET on @MSNBC! Tune in to hear the progress we’ve made and what comes next.

We’ve been in DC for one week protecting the sacred freedom to vote in Texas. Since we got here, we’ve met with Sen. Warren, Sen. Manchin, and the Vice President. Join us tonight at 8PM ET on @MSNBC! Tune in to hear the progress we’ve made and what comes next.

“I'm very proud to be part of this delegation and to be representing El Paso in this fight," Ortega said. "We do believe...
07/15/2021
El Paso delegates meet with Vice President Harris over voting bill agenda

“I'm very proud to be part of this delegation and to be representing El Paso in this fight," Ortega said. "We do believe that there's gonna be movement as a result. And that's what we're hoping for. So it's kind of a wait and see. And again we did this as a last resort because of what was taking place in Texas.”

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/el-paso-delegates-meet-with-vice-president-harris-over-voting-bill-agenda&ct=ga&cd=CAEYACoROTMxMjUyMTgzMjY1ODc2NDIyGjNhNjk5ZjA3MjhmZmZjMzE6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEZvOiKlgpj91y3cpR9ig3zrMPC2A

A group of El Paso Democrat lawmakers have met with U. S. Vice President Kamala Harris regarding passing a voting bill. State representatives Joe Moody, Lina Ortega, Art Fierro, and Mary Gonzalez provided an update Wednesday about what they’re doing while in the nation’s capitol. RECOMME...

07/15/2021
I am in Washington, D.C. because it is our duty to fight for the freedom to vote. I’m ready to fight the good fight with...
07/13/2021

I am in Washington, D.C. because it is our duty to fight for the freedom to vote. I’m ready to fight the good fight with my Texas colleagues. #txlege

I am in Washington, D.C. because it is our duty to fight for the freedom to vote. I’m ready to fight the good fight with my Texas colleagues. #txlege

07/13/2021
“I am very excited that Segment 2 was placed on the UTP. As a member of the House Transportation Committee, I know that ...
07/08/2021

“I am very excited that Segment 2 was placed on the UTP. As a member of the House Transportation Committee, I know that communities from across the state are constantly competing for transportation projects and funding. Communities that succeed never stop planning and neither can El Paso. This project addresses one our community’s most pressing mobility concerns,” said Lina Ortega, Texas State Representative. #txlege

On this Fourth of July, we are grateful to celebrate Freedom.From our office to you and your families, Happy Independenc...
07/04/2021

On this Fourth of July, we are grateful to celebrate Freedom.

From our office to you and your families, Happy Independence Day!

Please remember to stay safe during today's festivities.

On this Fourth of July, we are grateful to celebrate Freedom.

From our office to you and your families, Happy Independence Day!

Please remember to stay safe during today's festivities.

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.

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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/