Óscar Ortiz is the Vice President of El Salvador, in office since 2014. Previously he was Mayor of Santa Tecla. He was first elected to that position in 2000, and he was re-elected in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012.
Ortiz is a member of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), the main left-wing party in El Salvador. In March 2014, he was elected as Vice President alongside the FMLA's presidential candidate, Salvador Sánchez Ceren. He took office on June 1, 2014.
Óscar Ortiz has been considered as one of the most successful Salvadoran mayors for his 13-year-long tenure in Santa Tecla (2000–2013), a post which he left when selected as candidate for the Vice Presidency in the 2014 presidential election. As a mayor, he established an inclusive leadership style (the city's motto was "participating and united for local development) which has proven effective not only in the operations of the city, but also in dealing with natural disasters. After an earthquake and mudslide devastated the city in January of 2001, Mr. Ortiz mobilized the community to respond to the short term needs of the victims. He also tenaciously implemented a 10-year reconstruction plan, helping to develop what is now widely recognized as a model municipality in El Salvador.