Meet Bob Cortes
Bob Cortes grew up in New York and Puerto Rico and moved to Central Florida in 1989. During college, he worked in his family’s sewing operation in Puerto Rico, and, as an adult, he started and grew two successful businesses in the Orlando area: Cortes Towing Service and Cortrans Shuttle Service.
Throughout his career, Bob has been deeply involved in the community. Professionally, he was elected to the Board of the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida in 2005. He was elected to the Longwood City Commission in 2009 with 61% of the vote and was re-elected to a second term by 59%. In 2014, Bob was selected by his peers to serve as the Mayor of Longwood.
Bob has served as a member of Florida’s legislature from 2014 to 2018. In that capacity, he was widely praised as someone who would lead and get things done. He has an effective track record championing key issues such as lower taxes, better schools, consumer protections for seniors and children, and ethics reform.
Bob served as a member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and has participated in several of the organization’s institutes, including the Newly Elected Leadership Institute, the Redistricting Institute, and the Fiscal Policy Institute, which was jointly hosted by the Kellogg School of Business.
Bob and his wife, Virginia, have been married since 1984 and are active members of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs. They have four children, Robert Jr., Kylee, Randy, and Leslie Ann.
Bob and Virginia lost their firstborn son, Robert Jr., to cerebral palsy in 1990, an event that powerfully impacted their family and forever reinforced the importance of faith, family, and community in their lives.