Cortes was first elected to the chamber in 2014 where he served as Vice Chairman of the Education Committee and the Transportation & Infrastructure Sub Committee. He also served as the Majority Deputy Whip from 2016 to 2018.
Following his departure from the House, Cortes remained active, serving on the Seminole State College board of trustees after being appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis last August. He also served on the governor's transition team back in 2018.
When discussing his return to politics, the small business owner said his decision had nothing to do with himself or his aspirations but was based solely on the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.
"With the COVID-19 crisis in full swing, it is clear that Florida is going to face some tough challenges in the next few years," Cortes said. “More than ever the communities of House District 30 and the State of Florida is in need of true proven leadership to help guide us through the difficult times ahead. Unfortunately, that leadership does not exist currently in our district.“
Cortes went on to say that he believes his track-record and experience in the chamber will serve his district and the state in rebounding from the outbreak.
“My record is one of proven results, and I am eager to put it back to work for our people in the legislature,”
Cortes was born in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Puerto Rico where he was raised. He moved Altamonte Springs before residing in Longwood where he founded two businesses: Cortes Towing Service and Cortrans Shuttle Service. Before being elected to the Florida House, Cortes served on the Longwood City Commission from 2009 to 2014.