State Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus, today announced he will run for re-election, citing his leadership as the Majority Floor Leader in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Known for his quiet and humble leadership style, Ortega was first elected in 2008 to serve the people of House District 52. A small business owner of 24 years, Ortega has worked to build an environment of growth and opportunity at Altus Air Force Base and in surrounding communities in southwest Oklahoma.
In 2013, Ortega helped pass Oklahoma’s Emergency Drought Relief Fund (HB 1923), providing $575,000.00 in drought grants to the City of Altus and $100,000.00 to the City of Hollis for drought mitigation.
During his first term, Ortega was appointed to the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, on which he continues to serve.
“Our work on the commission strengthens the relationship between the military installations throughout Oklahoma, the communities in which they are located and enhances the quality of life for our military men and women,” said Ortega, who has served on the commission since his first term. “The mission of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission is well recognized by U.S. military and congressional leaders in Washington. And the commission’s efforts have contributed to Oklahoma keeping all current military installations as well as the weapons depot in McAlester, Okla.”
Safe guarding the military’s investment in Oklahoma is of vital importance to the state’s economy, Ortega said.
“The military’s annual economic impact in Oklahoma of almost $10 billion is not only important to the communities in which they exist, but to the countless citizens they employ and their families,” he added. “To lose any part of that investment would have a serious ripple effect across our state.”
Ortega is also a champion of protecting Second Amendment rights, standing for the sanctity of the life and he has supported more education funding and increased investments in our roads and bridges.
As Majority Floor Leader, Ortega is responsible for assigning bills to House committees and which committee-approved bills will be available for consideration by the full House.
Additionally, Ortega is a member of the House Business, Labor and Retirement Laws Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Appropriations and Budget Committee and he is vice-chair of that committee’s Revenue and Tax Subcommittee,
Ortega has been married to his wife, Margaret, for 33 years. They have two sons and one daughter, all of whom are married. They are also the proud grandparents of five grandchildren, ranging in age from 9 months to 11 years-old.
Charles and Margaret Ortega have been active members of First Baptist Church of Altus since 1992.