Cortes Resigns as Secretary of State

Governor Tom Wolf’s office announced yesterday that Secretary of State Pedro Cortes is resigning his position.  

The release did not provide any details about why Cortes was leaving the office.  Cortes was the first Latino to head a state cabinet agency in the state, and the longest serving Secretary of State in the state’s history.  

According to the Patriot News, the style of the release is similar to those used by the administration and a decision was made to push an official out “for stylistic, ethics or policy reasons.”

Wolf spokesman J.J. Abbott told the Patriot News that he had no knowledge of what caused the resignation.  

The administration announced current Executive Deputy Secretary Robert Torres will act as the interim Secretary of State.

6 Responses

  1. Look at this, a PA State Dem leaving BEFOREEEE the corruption charges come. That’s a new one.

  2. The secretary did the same thing in the Rendell administration. He probably has a good job offer in the private sector. Tuition bills may be the cause.

    1. No. That’s not the case at all. Something else is at play and no one is talking about it. And he left the Rendell administration after seven years.

    2. CALS, I hope your right and Mr. Hughes is wrong. We really do not need any problems in the Secretary of State’s office. I have always found Mr. Cortes to be a good public servant

  3. This makes absolutely no sense, whatsoever. Anyone who knows Pedro understands how valuable he has been to two governors. He has lifted the spirits of Pennsylvanians in every corner of the state with this positive, charming and engaging personality. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his leadership. He has also put Latinos on the map as capable individuals worthy of cabinet-level posts in PA. He will be greatly missed.

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