Jerry Ortiz y Pino

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Jerry Ortiz y Pino
Member of the New Mexico Senate
from the 12th district
Assumed office
Preceded byRichard M. Romero
Personal details
Born (1942-08-27) August 27, 1942 (age 79)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Donna Bruzzese
Residence(s)Albuquerque, New Mexico
EducationUniversity of New Mexico (BA)
Tulane University (MSW)
ProfessionSocial worker

Gerald P. "Jerry" Ortiz y Pino is an American politician and social worker serving as a member of the New Mexico Senate, where he has represented the 12th district since 2005.

Early life and education[edit]

Ortiz y Pino was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is one of six siblings.[1] He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico, followed by a Master of Social Work from Tulane University.[2]


Ortiz y Pino succeeded Richard M. Romero, a fellow Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for Congress and Mayor of Albuquerque in 2009. Ortiz y Pino has run for re-election unopposed in 2008, 2012, 2016. He also wrote a recurring column which appeared in the Weekly Alibi, an alternative publication in the Albuquerque.[3]

Ortiz y Pino has advocated for the legalization of cannabis in New Mexico.[4] Ortiz y Pino is a supporter of Bernie Sanders, and endorsed the senator during the 2016 and 2020 Democratic Party primaries.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Scott, Damon; News, The Taos. "Family, friends remember Ortiz y Pino". The Taos News. Retrieved 2020-03-25. {{cite web}}: |last2= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ "Jerry Ortiz y Pino". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  3. ^ Pino, Jerry Ortiz y. "The Specter of Santa Feication". alibi. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  4. ^, Robert Nott. "Senate Judiciary Committee tables cannabis bill". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  5. ^ Michael Gerstein. "N.M. superdelegates could help turn tide for Biden or Sanders at convention". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  6. ^ "New Mexico State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino Endorses Bernie Sanders". OpEdNews. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  7. ^ "New Mexico Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Chairman Public Affairs Committee, First NM Legislator to Endorse Bernie Sanders". OpEdNews. Retrieved 2020-03-25.

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