Philip Cortez

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Philip Cortez
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Texas House of Representatives, District 117
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas, San Antonio (2002)
Master'sUniversity of Texas, San Antonio (2007)
Personal
Birthday07/07/1978
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Philip Cortez (b. July 7, 1978) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 117. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Cortez earned his B.S. in Political Science and his M.S. in Public Administration from the University of Texas, San Antonio in 2002 and 2007, respectively.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cortez served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Homeland Security & Public Safety
Public Health

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Cortez's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Create High Paying Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Attract better paying jobs, higher employment rates, and give small business owners the ability to be competitive."

Improve Our Schools

  • Excerpt: "Ensure that our children are never short-changed, provide needed resources for our teachers, and make sure that we have classrooms where students can succeed."

Support Our Veterans

  • Excerpt: "Every day, our nations finest put their lives on the line to ensure that our families are able to enjoy our freedoms. We must support them when they are in the field, when they come home, and in retirement."

Protect our Senior Citizens

  • Excerpt: "Make certain that those who have made our community great are able to live their golden years in comfort."

2012

Cortez's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

CREATE HIGH PAYING JOBS

  • Excerpt: "Attract better paying jobs, higher employment rates, and give small business owners the ability to be competitive."

IMPROVE OUR SCHOOLS

  • Excerpt: "Ensure that our children are never short-changed, provide needed resources for our teachers, and make sure that we have classrooms where students can succeed."

SUPPORT OUR VETERANS

  • Excerpt: "Every day, our nations finest put their lives on the line to ensure that our families are able to enjoy our freedoms. We must support them when they are in the field, when they come home, and in retirement."

PROTECT OUR SENIOR CITIZENS

  • Excerpt: "Make certain that those who have made our community great are able to live their golden years in comfort."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Philip Cortez was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Rick Galindo defeated John Garza in the Republican primary. Cortez will face Galindo in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cortez won election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 117. Cortez advanced to the June 31 primary runoff where he defeated Tina Torres. Cortez defeated incumbent John Garza (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 117, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhilip Cortez 53.8% 22,397
     Republican John Garza Incumbent 46.2% 19,214
Total Votes 41,611
Texas House of Representatives District 117 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhilip Cortez (advanced to runoff) 35.1% 1,343
Green check mark transparent.pngTina Torres (advanced to runoff) 34% 1,302
Ken Mireles 30.9% 1,185
Total Votes 3,830

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cortez is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cortez raised a total of $410,605 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[6]

Philip Cortez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 117 Won $410,605
Grand Total Raised $410,605

2012

Cortez won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Cortez raised a total of $410,605.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Philip Cortez's campaign in 2012
Mostyn Law Firm$45,000
Texans For Insurance Reform$40,000
One Texas$25,700
Texas House Democratic Campaign Cmte$20,000
Texas Parent PAC$19,825
Total Raised in 2012$410,605
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[7] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[8]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[9] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Cortez received a score of 15.7 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Cortez and his wife, Leticia, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Garza (R)
Texas House District 117
2013–present
Succeeded by
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