Katherine Davalos Ortega, US Secretary of the Treasury

US President Ronald Reagan announced his appointment of Katherine Davalos Ortega on September 12, 1983 as US Secretary of the Treasury. “She is symbolic of the values the Hispanic community represents, and I am honored that she is to become a part of this administration,” stated Reagan. Ortega was born in Tularosa, New Mexico, and Spanish was her first language.  She earned a BA at Eastern New Mexico State University, and also served as on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business Ownership.

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