Alex Ortiz, Senior Vice President

Prior to joining Capitol Hill Consulting Group, Alex Ortiz served as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Mary Peltola (D-AK), where he set up her office after her special election victory. During his time with Peltola, Alex worked with the Alaska Delegation and stakeholders to secure vital wins including federal disaster assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Merbok and reapproval of the Willow Project. He now assists the Congresswoman’s reelection team with a focus on Republican and Alaska Native outreach.

The bulk of Alex’s tenure on the Hill was with Congressman Don Young (R-AK), Dean of the House, where he served as Chief of Staff. In his role, Alex spearheaded the Congressman’s efforts to secure passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, from early conceptual talks with the White House to the Congressman whipping Republican votes vital for the measure to be signed into law. He also oversaw the reestablishment of Congressman Young’s program to maximize the beneficial impact to Alaska of Community Project Funding, a practice the Congressman was famous for. Following Congressman Young’s passing, Alex stayed on as Chief of Staff for Alaska’s at-large Congressional District, orchestrating the archiving of 49 years’ worth of the Congressman’s papers and memorabilia.

Ortiz previously served as Congressman Young’s Legislative Director, shepherding numerous pieces of legislation, from drafting to codification, during a time period when the Center for Effective Lawmaking consistently named Young among Capitol Hill’s most effective Members of Congress, and the Lugar Center ranked him among the most bipartisan Members. During his tenure in Congressman Young’s office, Alex had a particular policy focus on Alaska Native and American Indian affairs, natural resources, transportation and infrastructure, education, housing, and agriculture.

Ortiz is one of the few Congressional staff to be Chief for both a Republican and a Democrat. Roll Call published a piece about Alex’s unique journey to work for Representative Peltola in this profile.

Alex started his career with Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and has previous government relations experience representing a diverse range of Alaskan and non-Alaskan clients. Alex is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was raised in Ketchikan, Alaska where some of his family still resides.