Meet Claudia Ordaz Perez
Claudia Ordaz Perez is a life-long El Pasoan who serves 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. She comes from humble beginnings and has always worked hard to help provide for her family. She is first generation American and was the first in her family to graduate from college. Growing up, her father fixed tv’s for a living and her mother worked as a school secretary at O’Shea Keleher Elementary. As a high school student, she worked at a local restaurant to help her parents and to save for college. As a college student, she continued to work to pay for her education. Claudia received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.
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.