represents District 2 on the Texas State Board of Education. A Democrat from Brownsville, Texas, Cortez was first elected to the State Board of Education in November 2012 and re-elected to a four-year term in November 2014. Cortez was elected secretary of the board in February 2015.
The Rio Grande Guardian was the first online newspaper to launch on the South Texas border, starting out in July, 2005. It is still the market leader, setting the pace and breaking news often before traditional media outlets.