Meet Claudia Ordaz Perez
Claudia Ordaz Perez is a life-long El Pasoan who was elected as the next State Representative for House District 76. Claudia recently served as Mayor Pro Tempore and City Councilwoman for District 6 representing El Paso’s East Side and Mission Valley. Claudia grew up in El Paso’s eastside and is a proud homeowner in the Mission Valley. Her family’s tradition of public service goes back decades. Her grandfather served in World War II and her uncles served in Vietnam. Her uncles taught her there is no greater reward than to serve our country and community. As a proud graduate of local public schools and the University of Texas at El Paso, she took the same pride of service and served at the local, state, and federal levels of government serving the El Paso community through public service and volunteerism. Claudia and her husband Vince Perez are active members of the community serving in the Lector Ministry at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. They have three dogs: Jack, Whiskey, and Lady.
Claudia has been a vocal advocate for families with children and focuses on improving quality of life, such as creating Texas’ first-ever Parental Shared Leave Policy, which allows city employees to donate unused sick leave to parents at no cost to taxpayers during her time as councilwoman. She has been an advocate for adding more shade structures at local parks and was successful in installing changing tables in all public facilities in both men’s and women’s restrooms.
Claudia successfully reformed the city’s economic development policies to protect local workers by ensuring tax dollars do not support businesses that bring low-paying jobs into the community. Now, any company that receives incentives must ensure that at least 80 percent of new jobs are paid above the median county wage. She has also worked on key reforms to El Paso’s municipal court system to help residents better understand their rights and options in local courts.
Claudia’s commitment to ensuring a thriving environment for those in the community is not limited to one species. She has worked to strengthen animal welfare policies, specifically to make El Paso a “no-kill” city by 2020. Since assuming office, El Paso’s live animal release rate has increased from 43% to 85%. Most recently, she successfully led an effort to establish standards and safety measures for pet grooming establishments in the city. She opened El Paso’s largest spray park for children and also the first and only dog spray park for family pets.
Claudia and her husband Vince Perez are active members of the community serving in the Lector Ministry at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. They have three dogs: Jack, Whiskey, and Lady.