I’m a born-and-raised Arizonan and a Maryvale resident. I grew up in a family of six kids. My parents, who are both educators, taught us the importance of taking care of our community. I graduated summa cum laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU and went on to become an investigative reporter. After uncovering government corruption and exposing harmful legislation, I realized I wanted to create policy–not just report about it. I began working at the ACLU and the ACLU of Arizona where I championed criminal justice reform and federal immigration reform. I ran for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2022 because I was tired of elected leaders forgetting they work for us–the people. I currently serve as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee and sit on the House Commerce Committee. I was appointed by Gov. Katie Hobbs to serve on the Independent Prison Oversight Commission.
During my first term, I was at the negotiating table with Gov. Hobbs' team and the majority party as we secured a $150 million investment into the Housing Trust Fund and $60 million into a brand new Homeless Shelters and Services Fund.
In 2023, I sponsored the following bills:
SB 1161 Striker: Expedites the Development of Low-Income Housing Along Lightrail
HB 2086: Repeals the Statewide Ban on Rent Control
HB 2359: Implements Statewide Cap on Rent Increases
HB 2083: Bans Landlords from Charging Mandatory Non-Essential Fees
HB 2085: Bans Landlords from Denying Housing Vouchers
HB 2718: Appropriates Money to Homeless Shelters and Services
As your State Representative, I work for you. I’d like to know: what questions do you have about the legislative process? Are there any issues you care about most that you’d like me to fight for?
Please let me know by calling 602-842-2407 or emailing me at email@example.com
You have my commitment that I will always explain my votes, listen to your concerns, and advocate for the best interests of Maryvale and Glendale.
Make housing affordable
Rep. Ortiz leads the Democrats' priorities on housing affordability, renters' rights, and homelessness prevention. She supports limits on rent increases, rental assistance and first-time homebuyer programs, development of more single-family and multi-family housing options, and regulating corporate investors who've disrupted our housing market.
Invest in public schools
Rep. Ortiz supports our public schools and advocates for a new funding formula for our K-12 public schools, an increase in teacher and support staff pay, reductions in classroom size, a cap on the wasteful universal school voucher program, and to restore funding to Maricopa and Pima community colleges.
Build an economy that works for all of us
Our economy has favored big corporations and the wealthiest Arizonans for too long while leaving the working class and small business owners behind. As a member of the commerce committee, Rep. Ortiz advocates for fair wages, support for small business owners, safe workplace conditions, workforce development, and more clean energy jobs.
Protect civil rights
As ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Ortiz leads the Democrats' strategy to protect reproductive healthcare and to make our criminal legal system more fair. She also advocates for voting rights, our LGBTQ+ community, and the rights of immigrants.