District 52 State Representative Charles Ortega has formally announced that he will file seeking re-election.
“I consider it a great honor to serve the people of Southwest Oklahoma in Oklahoma City,” said Ortega, (R)-Altus. “I look forward to representing District 52 for two more years.”
Ortega, 58, first won election to the seat in 2008 when he beat Democrat Dan McMahan by a 28 point margin winning 64% of the vote. Ortega won all 34 precincts in that contest. Ortega made history by not only becoming the first Republican elected to the District 52 seat but also by becoming the first Hispanic elected to the State Legislature.
Ortega serves in House leadership as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. He also chairs the Committee on Tourism and International Relations as well as serving on the Economic Development and Financial Services Committee and the Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee on Natural Resources and number of other committees.
Ortega says he prides himself on being available to his constituents. “I am humbled every day to be able to represent the greatest people on earth,” Ortega said. “I always keep that in mind when casting a vote, and always encourage my constituents to sound off on issues that are important to them.”
The filing period for county, state and judicial offices begins Wednesday and ends of Friday. Ortega has run unopposed in the last two election cycles. Due to term limits enacted by voters in 1992, Ortega cannot serve past 2020.