Aug. 30, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pedro Cortés, secretary for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will speak at a luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 14, at noon in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

Tickets for the luncheon are $20 per person and must be reserved by Sept. 3 by calling 577-1095. Tickets are not available at the door.

Cortés' visit is sponsored by Susan and Carlos Colón, by the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Bucknell, and CARE in honor of Hispanic Awareness Month.

The first confirmed Hispanic Cabinet member in Pennsylvania history, Cortés administers the Department of State, a $139 million a year state agency that oversees the Commonwealth's electoral process, licenses business, health and real estate professionals and maintains corporate filings as well as sanctioning professional boxing, kick-boxing and wrestling in Pennsylvania.

Previous Cortés was executive director of the Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. He also served with the Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

Named one of Hispanic Business magazine's "100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States in 2003, Cortés also was lauded as one of the top "Forty under 40" business leaders in Central Pennsylvania by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal as well as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track," a distinction bestowed upon Pennsylvania lawyers under 40 years of age.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Cortés holds a master's degree in public administration from Penn State University and a law degree from Penn State Dickinson School of Law. He also holds a certificate in public sector human resources management from Penn State.

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