Philip Cortez

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Philip A. Cortez
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 117th district
Assumed office
January 10, 2017
Preceded by Rick Galindo
In office
January 2013 – January 2015
Preceded by John Garza
Succeeded by Rick Galindo
Personal details
Born (1978-07-07) July 7, 1978 (age 38)
Political party Democratic
Residence San Antonio, Texas
Alma mater University of Texas at San Antonio
Occupation United States Air Force Reserve captain
Website [1]

Philip A. Cortez (born July 7, 1978) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives. He previously served as a State Representative for House District 117 during the 83rd Legislative Session. From 2007 to 2012, he was a member of the nominally nonpartisan San Antonio City Council, on which he was a firm ally of then Mayor Julian Castro.

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]

Cortez returned in 2016 to unseat Galindo, who trailed in the general election with 27,783 votes (48.6 percent) to Cortez's 29,319 (51.3 percent).

Cortez's younger brother, Joseph Cortez (born 1983), is a candidate for the District 6 seat on the San Antonio City Council in the municipal election scheduled for May 6, 2017. Joseph Cortez seeks to succeed the term-limited Ray Lopez, for whom he was the policy and communications advisor during the preceding three years.[5]


  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. 
  5. ^ Gilbert Garcia, "State Rep's younger brother launches bid for council seat", San Antonio Express-News, January 8, 2017, p. 2

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Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Garza
Texas State Representative for District 117 (Bexar County)

Phillip A. Cortez

Succeeded by
Rick Galindo
Preceded by
Rick Galindo
Texas State Representative for District 117 (Bexar County)

Phillip A. Cortez

Succeeded by