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The first term State Representative from Altamonte Springs has passed several key bills and landed praise for his first year in office.


By Jacob Engels


One would be hard pressed to find a freshmen legislator who has accomplished more than State Representative Bob Cortes in their first term, let alone first year in office. Cortes, a former Longwood City Commissioner and Mayor dispatched his primary opponent and general election opposition in short order last year by running a grassroots heavy campaign.


That campaign was run by former state house candidate and entrepreneur Jesse Phillips who is now seeking election as the State Committeeman for the Seminole County Republican Party.


In his first year, Representative Cortes has seen four of his bills go on from his office to be signed into law by Governor Rick Scott - focusing on governmental agencies being required to purchase American flags made in the U.S.A., protecting against pregnancy discrimination in the workplace (which changed Florida Civil Rights to mirror the National Civil Rights act) , reigning in exorbitant fees related to residential and consumer low voltage alarm systems, and one easing regulations that deal with how state employees are able to make charitable donations.


Republican lobbyist and commentator for News 13 Michelle Ertel said she knew Cortes would do a great job and told us that he consistently puts others before himself in everything he does.


"Anybody who knows him knows he is a true representative of the people. Anything and everything he does is for his family, friends and his community. Every single time I, or anybody I know, puts a call in to Bob, he answers the phone or quickly returns the call. Not only does he respond to telephone calls, Bob responds with action.


Whoever challenges Cortes in 2016 will be up against stunning record of success rarely seen in any freshman legislator."


Many who I have spoken to about Representative Cortes and his record of accomplishments during his first year in office all point to his record as a Longwood City Commissioner and community involvement through his homeowners association and towing company which is based in Longwood.


Cortes' tackling of issues like making it a requirement for governmental agencies to purchase American made U.S.A. flags and driving the cost down for residential and commercial permits for low voltage alarm systems are "common sense" pieces of legislation and matters that are more commonplace for city and municipal officials to focus on.


“I have seen first-hand how over-regulation harms business, my children are products of the public school system, and my time as a mayor has given me an astute insight into the operation of cities. I have been very lucky to live out my American Dream, and those experiences are what have allowed me to serve as an effective legislator in such a short period of time,” Cortes added.


But when the capitol is full of politicians looking to lob partisan volleys, these less than glamorous efforts often fall through the cracks, which is where Cortes has been able to carve out a niche. Fellow Seminole County legislator Jason Brodeur, who is projected to cruise to victory for a fourth and final state house term in 2016, argues that Cortes is equally capable both from a social and technical standpoint.


"He's gracious and accommodating, while still holding to his principles. He is an asset to both his constituents and the state of Florida."


Freshmen Orange County legislator Mike Miller said that Cortes' love for Florida and his country is infectious.


"There are several things I enjoy about working with Representative Cortes. First, his love for Florida and our country is infectious. Secondly, the love he has for his family - especially his grandkids!" Lastly, I truly appreciate how he treats each one of his fellow freshman as teammates. He listens and wants to help us with our respective is good to be on the team with him!"


When asked what he enjoys most about his time in the Florida House so far Cortes told the Seminole County Post that his success is a result of collaborative and united effort.


"The Florida House is a diverse group from a wide-range of backgrounds. Not only did I bring my experiences as a small-business owner to Tallahassee, but also the first-hand knowledge on how government works on a more local level. All the legislation passed during my very first year as something that was collaborative and united."


When looking towards his next year in office and preparing his re-election bid, Cortes feels confident that voters will send him back to the capitol.


“I am eager to continue a track-record of passing good, conservative bills as the legislature approaches the 2016 legislative session. I ran on a platform of limited government and improved educational opportunities for our children, and I am proud of the legislative accomplishments that were made toward those goals during the 2015 session. I look forward to again establishing myself as the best candidate for District 30 come next November,” said Cortes.



Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at [email protected]