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  By: Martinez Fischer H.R. No. 1680
         WHEREAS, Artist Cruz Ortiz of San Antonio has distinguished
  himself by using his talent to increase engagement in the political
  process; and
         WHEREAS, An activist as well as an artist, Mr. Ortiz has
  created compelling posters for the Texas Democratic Convention and
  for numerous campaigns for public office at the local, state, and
  national levels; his singular style draws from Latino pop culture,
  street art, and the DIY aesthetic of punk rock, sparking interest in
  people not usually interested in politics; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Ortiz has also hosted benefits that draw an
  eclectic crowd; in 2008, he raised nearly $5,000 for Barack Obama's
  presidential campaign at a silk-screening party, and he later
  received a thank-you letter from the White House; and
         WHEREAS, Born in Houston in 1972, Mr. Ortiz grew up in a
  Democratic household; he earned his bachelor's degree in fine arts
  at The University of Texas at San Antonio and taught art at Lee High
  School for 15 years before launching a design business, Snake Hawk
  Press; he and his employees use vintage equipment from a legendary
  West Side print shop that once served many local Democrats; in
  addition to high-profile political commissions, he has completed
  commercial projects for a number of national brands, and his work in
  a variety of media, including installations, performance art, and
  video, has been exhibited at Artpace San Antonio, the Contemporary
  Arts Museum Houston, and the San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial in
  Puerto Rico, among many other institutions and events; and
         WHEREAS, Cruz Ortiz has won the respect and appreciation of
  innumerable people through both his art and his activism, and his
  admirers look forward with anticipation to his next projects; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby honor Cruz Ortiz for his artistic
  accomplishments and contributions to civic life and extend to him
  sincere best wishes for continued success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Ortiz as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.