Pedro A. Cortés

Pennsylvania Secretary of State

Pedro A. Cortés was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf in January 2015 and later confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He previously served as Secretary of the Commonwealth from 2003 to 2010.  At that time Cortés was the first confirmed Latino Cabinet member and the longest serving Secretary of State in Pennsylvania history.

Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. Recently, he was named as one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States” and was also tabbed by the Central Penn Business Journal as one of the top “Forty Under 40” business leaders in Central Pennsylvania.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, a Master in Public Administration from Penn State University and a Law Degree from Penn State Dickinson School of Law. He also holds a certificate in Public Sector Human Resources Management from Penn State University. He was elected as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State NASS, the first Hispanic to receive such an honor. A native of Puerto Rico, Secretary Cortés has lived in Harrisburg since 1990.