AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on President Biden’s decision to nominate Gina Ortiz Jones as Under Secretary of the Air Force:
“I am delighted that President Biden has chosen Gina Ortiz Jones to serve as Under Secretary of the Air Force. A veteran, an experienced intelligence officer, and a Democrat committed to making life better for Texans, Gina Ortiz Jones has spent a lifetime in public service. I know she will continue to make San Antonio and all of Texas proud in this new leadership role.
“Gina Ortiz Jones served in Iraq supporting air operations, and since returning from her deployment, she has continued to work hard on behalf of American families. She fought to give Texans a stronger voice in Washington and has been a key advocate for gun safety, ending anti-Asian racism, and defending immigrant rights.
“If confirmed, Gina will be the second openly gay American and the first woman of color to serve in this role — marking another historic nomination as President Biden continues to build an administration that reflects our country’s diversity. I commend Gina on breaking this glass ceiling. I know that as Under Secretary of the Air Force, Gina will lead with strength, wisdom, and compassion — and put our troops and our communities first. She is an exceptional choice for this role, and I urge the Senate to confirm her as soon as possible.”