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Charles Ortega of Altus was appointed by Governor Kevin Stitt December of 2020 to serve on the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission through 2025 representing the 3rd Congressional District. Ortega served as an Oklahoma State Representative for District 52 the past 12 years. For six years he served as chairman of the Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on General Government and was responsible for reviewing budgets for several Executive and Legislative branch agencies including the Governor’s Office, Lt. Governor’s Office, House of Representatives, and Senate.
He was appointed to serve as Majority Floor Leader from 2014 to 2016. As Majority Floor Leader, he was responsible for coordinating and conducting the flow of every piece of legislation filed and navigating all floor activity, while applying rules of decorum and procedure. In this position he worked with all members, sharing his knowledge of procedures to assist in shepherding their legislation through the bill filing process.
Ortega owned and operated a small automotive retail operation for 28 years which specialized in customizing vehicles with electronic amenities as well as mechanical enhancements. His previous employment was with Halliburton Services for 12 years, where he managed 2,500 employees in the oilfield service materials industry.
Ortega has a passion for Oklahoma military aviation due to his close relationship with Altus Air Force Base. He’s worked with the Aeronautics Commission as the author of several bills to protect military training airspace and ensure civilian aviation safety.
With the culmination of a 3 year effort, HB 2118, passed by Ortega in 2019, created regulatory requirements for wind turbine construction to ensure that military training routes, approaches, drop zones, bombing ranges, and other sensitive military airspace were protected. The measure required wind turbine developers to have approval from both the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense prior to starting construction, and ensured that there would be early communication opportunities between developers, military installations, and state and local officials. This process would provide for a harmonious balance between the interests of having a vibrant wind energy industry and sustaining our country’s important military missions. HB 2118 has been heralded around the Country as model legislation for states to pass to ensure they can protect their military training airspace.