Republican For State Representative District 30
Bob was born in Brooklyn, New York to parents who had relocated from Puerto Rico. When Bob was 10 years old, they moved back to Puerto Rico. Bob grew up there, graduated from high school, and attended college majoring in Computer Programming with a minor in Business Administration. During his college days, Bob worked for his father in the family’s sewing operation and learned the value of hard work and being fiscally responsible.
The year before his last year of college, Bob married his wife, Virginia, and they were blessed with their first child Robert Jr. in 1985.
Bob and Virginia’s son Robert Jr. was born with cerebral palsy, and to find better treatment for him, they moved back to the mainland United States in September 1985.
In 1989, Bob’s little family moved to the Central Florida area and fell in love with the community. They knew that they were “home.” Bob founded and is still the co-owner of Cortes Towing Service, and in 1990, Bob joined the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida. His business was off and running, and he’s never looked back.
Along the way, Bob and Virginia were blessed with two more children Kylee and Randy, but in 1990, Robert Jr. went to be with the Lord due to his illness. That event has perhaps impacted Bob and Virginia and their entire family most powerfully and forever reinforced in their lives the importance of faith, family, and community.
Throughout his career, Bob has become deeply involved in the community and has started more business ventures. In 2005, he was elected to the Board of the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida and became Regional Director in the same year. In 2011, Bob started Cortrans Shuttle Service, a transportation provider that services Orlando Sanford International Airport, Orlando International Airport, the Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal, and area attractions.
Bob was elected to the Longwood City Commission in November 2009 by a 61% margin on his first try. He was elected Deputy Mayor in 2010. In 2012, he was re-elected to a second term by 60% of the votes. Bob is a former member of the Seminole County Community Traffic Safety Team, a graduate of the Florida League of Cities Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) and Advanced (IEMO). Bob is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). With this organization Bob has participated in several institutes including the Newly Elected Leadership Institute, the Redistricting Institute and the Fiscal Policy Institute hosted by NALEO and the Kellogg School of Business. He is a member of the South Seminole SERTOMA.
Bob and his wife Virginia are active members of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs.
Bob and Virginia welcomed their first grandson, Brayden Robert November 2012, their second grandson Logan David in March 2014, and their third grandson Jeremy Robert, welcomed July 2015.