WASHINGTON--Today, U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, TX-27, released this statement following the White House announcement confirming Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas as GSA Regional Administrator for Region 7:
“I want to congratulate J.D. Salinas on his appointment to the General Services Administration,” Ortiz said. “I, along with the Texas Democratic Delegation and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, have worked with him and the White House to ensure his consideration for this position.
“J.D. has worked hard for the people of South Texas in his capacity as County Judge of Hidalgo, and I know his high moral standard of work, dedication and loyalty to this country will continue to stand out as he oversees the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and our great state of Texas in this new role,” he said.
“I will continue to work hand-in-hand with J.D. Salinas in his new role as we both strive to better serve this country, region 7, and South Texas,” Ortiz said.
Since 2007, Salinas has served as County Judge of Hidalgo County, where he oversees more than 3,000 employees and 175 county buildings.
During his tenure, Salinas developed and implemented the Hidalgo County Prescription Drug Discount Card, established a wireless emergency notification system for county residents, and worked closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the International Water and Boundary Commission on the Levee/Barrier Project.
Elected in 1999 as Hidalgo County Clerk, he established satellite County Clerk offices and extended hours to allow more convenient access for country residents. Additionally, while in office Salinas established the “Public Report Card” system, a transparency measure of the County Clerk’s Office. Salinas received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Public Administration for the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.