May 22, 2018
Gina Ortiz Jones, TX-23
Gina Ortiz Jones is fighting for…
- Quality Education and Skilled Job Training
- Protections for Seniors and Veterans
- Job Creation and Economic Opportunity
Read March On’s Press Release about Gina.
More About Gina
Gina Ortiz Jones learned at an early age that it takes both hard work and opportunity, and often sacrifice, to create a better future. A lesson she learned from her mother, who despite having graduated from a prestigious university, had left home and come to the United States as a domestic helper – because she believed the sacrifice would afford her family a better life and a shot at the American dream. Her mother’s example and sacrifices instilled in Gina the importance of humility, hard work, and willingness to step-up and take risks in order to create and seize opportunities for herself and others when needed.
Their road has not always been an easy one. Gina’s mother worked multiple jobs and long hours while raising Gina and her sister on her own. Gina knows first-hand what it is like to live in subsidized housing, as well as what it is like to rely on reduced lunch as a child. Gina watched as her mother faced a diagnosis of colon cancer and understands the value healthcare coverage played in her survival.
Even so, education was always a priority in their home, Gina learned that education and service offered a pathway to opportunities. Supported by her family and educators who both challenged and believed in her, Gina graduated in the top ten of her class from San Antonio’s John Jay High School, earning a four-year Air Force ROTC scholarship to attend Boston University. Believing it is important to give back and wanting to help other students like her, Gina established the “Leadership through Service” scholarship at her alma mater in 2013 – an annual award that recognizes students who are succeeding in the classroom and also serving their communities.
-Biographical Content from Candidate’s Official Website