Personal Profile

Full Name Ruben Cortez Jr.
Age 43
Hometown Brownsville,
Race Hispanic
Occupation Self-employed
Spouse: Sandra Karina Cortez


It has been an honor to serve on many boards and commissions over the past years. Each board and commission has allowed me to experience the interworking of education from various perspectives. Combining the unique elements of each board allows me to better serve as your choice for State Board of Education.

National Boards (Former and Current)

• Council of Urban Boards of Education
• National Pre-K Legislative committee (NSBA)
• Selected twice by the National School Board Association and the American School Board Journal as a judge for the Magna Award
• Served as a judge for the Benjamin Mays Lifetime achievement Award

State/Regional Boards (Former and Current)

• Federal Relations Network (FRN)
• Chairman of the Federal Relations Network Stipend Committee by the Texas Association of School Boards Board of Directors (FRN)
• Region One Education Service Center Board of Directors – Current
• Legislative Advisory Committee (TSAB)

Local Boards (Former and Current)

• Cameron County Children’s Advocacy Board of Directors – Current
• Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) Trustee
• BISD Budget Committee – Former
• BISD Legislative Committee – Chairman
• BISD Internal Audit Committee – Former
• BISD Policy Committee – Chairman
• BISD Curriculum and Instruction Committee
• BISD Technology Committee
• BISD Dropout Committee – Former
• Cameron County Appraisal District Board of Directors

Personal Information

• Married 12 years to Sandra Karina Cortez
– Proud parents of Sofia, Ana, Julieta, and Ruben.
• Member of International Christian Center (ICC) – 10 years