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Pedro Cortés. Photo Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DÍA News
Pedro Cortés. Photo Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DÍA News

What’s best for everyone with Pedro Cortes

Pedro Cortes profile.

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May 26th, 2022

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Pedro Cortes’ service as Secretary in the Department of State has been no less than impressive. From strengthening the electoral process to dedicating his time to ensuring that Latinos get the representation they need and deserve, his term has been dynamic. 

Named one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States, Cortes is no stranger to awards for his long-term accomplishments and impact. As the longest serving Secretary of State of Pennsylvania, Cortes served a term not only from 2003 to 2010 but was re-elected in January 2015.

“We need to encourage young people to take advantage of every opportunity available to them, particularly formal education. My life has been about preparation and perseverance."

“Receiving an award is a humbling experience. While most of us do what we do because it is right and not to be acknowledged, it is gratifying to know others believe we are making a positive difference. That is something I am committed to doing as requested by my hero Roberto Clemente when he said, ‘Any time you have the opportunity to make a difference in this world and you do not, you are wasting your time on earth,’" Cortes stated.

During his long-standing career, Cortes has insisted he has been committed to doing what’s best for everyone. 

“An inclusive agenda that promotes access and participation for all groups is crucial to any diverse society. The United States is no exception. Yet, the issues that are most important to the Latino community - education, health and economic development - are common across all populations. Building language access and cultural competence into strategic plans do go a long way to promote inclusiveness,” says Cortes.

Whether serving non-profits or on the Governor's advisory board, Cortes focuses on serving his communities in a dynamic fashion and encouraging youth to excel. 

“We need to encourage young people to take advantage of every opportunity available to them, particularly formal education. My life has been about preparation and perseverance."

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