Philip Cortez

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Philip A. Cortez
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 117th district
In office
2013 – January 13, 2015
Preceded by John Garza
Succeeded by Rick Galindo
Personal details
Born (1978-07-07) July 7, 1978 (age 37)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Leticia Cortez
Residence San Antonio, Texas
Alma mater University of Texas at San Antonio
Website [1]
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force Reserve captain

Philip A. Cortez (born July 7, 1978) is a Democratic departing one-term member of the Texas House of Representatives, with service from 2013 to 2015. From 2007 to 2012, he was a member of the nominally nonpartisan San Antonio City Council.

Cortez is a captain in the Air Force Reserve, having originally joined the Air Force as an enlisted Airman.[1]

In the November 6, 2012 general election, Cortez unseated the freshman Republican John Garza. In his first term, Cortez was named the top Democratic freshman by Capitol Inside.[2]

In the November 4, 2014 general election, Cortez was narrowly unseated by the Republican Rick Galindo, who won his party primary on March 4 with 2,372 votes (64.6 percent). Galindo thwarted the primary comeback bid waged by former Representative John Garza, who trailed with 1,300 votes (35.4 percent) of the ballots cast.[3]In the November 4 general election, Galindo defeated Cortez, 12,835 votes (52.7 percent) to 11,521 (47.3 percent).[4]


  1. ^ "Rep. Cortez, Philip District 117". Texas House of Representatives. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Rauf, David (11 September 2013). "Rep. Cortez girds for re-election". My San Antonio. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Republican primary election returns (House District 117), March 4, 2014". Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "General election returns, November 4, 2014". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Garza
Texas State Representative from District 117 (Bexar County)

Philip A. Cortez

Succeeded by
Rick Galindo

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