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 81)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseDonna Bruzzese
ResidenceAlbuquerque, 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. ^ By, 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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