Solomon Porfirio Ortiz (born June 3, 1937 in Robstown, Texas) is an American politician from the State of Texas who currently serves in the United States House of Representatives from Texas's 27th congressional district (map) based in Corpus Christi.
Solomon Porfirio Ortiz was born in Robstown, Nueces County, Texas. His family had migrated to Texas from Mexico. Ortiz identifies himself as a member of the Methodist Church. As a young boy, he worked as a shoeshiner and an inker for the letter press of his hometown newspaper, The Robstown Record. During his jobs, he made friends with law enforcement officers. Ortiz was very impressed with the officers and he became fascinated with law and law enforcement because of them. He went to school at Robstown High School and attended Del Mar College from 1965 to 1967.
When Ortiz was 16, his father died, leaving him to support the family. In 1960, Ortiz decided to join the army because it gave him a place to stay and a good way to make money. Ortiz got his education in the army, getting the equivalent of a high school diploma. He was trained in Fort Hood, Texas and then was sent to Verdun and Vitry-le-François, France. He was later reassigned to the 61st Military Police Company Criminal Investigation Office. In Fort Gordon, Georgia, he received advanced military police training.