Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez

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Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
New York Secretary of State
Former Secretary of State
Term in office began
Term in office ended
September 1, 2010
Political party Democratic
Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez was the Democratic Secretary of State of New York. She originally served in the cabinet of former Governor Eliot Spitzer and remained in office during Governor David Paterson's tenure following Spitzer's resignation. She was the first Hispanic to hold the position in the history of the state of New York.

Cortes-Vazquez officially resigned September 1, 2010 to serve as Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets and Engagement of AARP.


  • Bachelor's degree, Hunter College
  • Master's degree, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University
  • Certificate, School of Non-Profit Management, Columbia University
  • Certificate, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Political career

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez worked at the New York City Department of Aging for fourteen years, where she became Chief of the Bureau of Program and Resource Development. In this role, she promoted public and private partnerships with the agency and increased the number of community-based service providers, ensuring they would be held to the exact same standards as City and State facilities. From 2001 to 2003, she was a member of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board. After that she served on the New York Redistricting Commission. Cortés-Vázquez oversaw the Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force and the annual Somos El Futuro Conference in addition to serving as chief of staff to former New York Bronx County Chairman Roberto Ramirez. In 2001, she was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents, a position she held for six years until selected by former Governor Eliot Spitzer to be New York’s sixty-fifth secretary of state. As Secretary of State, she was formally charged with accepting Spitzer's resignation from the governorship. Spitzer resigned on March 17, 2008 amid a sex scandal.

Political offices
Preceded by
Christopher Jacobs
New York Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Ruth Noemí Colón