Representative Frank J. Corte, Jr.
Representative Frank J. Corte, Jr.
Representative Frank J. Corte, Jr., R-San Antonio, is a small business operator who has been involved in property management and land development. Representative Corte has extensive experience in start-up operations of a variety of small businesses. He attended San Antonio Christian Schools and graduated in 1977. It was at A&M that he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Construction. While at A&M, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and the Fighting Texas Aggie Band.
In 1982, Representative Corte was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps where he served three years on active duty. He then joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and was activated during the Gulf War. After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Rep. Corte was called back to active duty and was sent to Egypt for duty. In 2004, he completed six months of active duty assigned to United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command Korea as a policy planner. In 2002, he graduated from the prestigious Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Currently, he is a Colonel and continues to serve various tours of active duty, most recently having served a tour in Iraq for 6 1/2 months in the Anbar Province assigned as the Detachment Commander with the 3rd Civil Affairs Group based at Camp Pendleton, CA. In March of 2007 he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in relation to his recent service in Iraq.
An Eagle Scout at the age of 14, he is still involved with the Alamo Area Boy Scouts serving as a Cubmaster. He is also an active member of University Baptist Church, where he serves as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher. In 1989, he was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America.
Representative Corte was first elected to serve the Legislature in November 1992. In 1993, Representative Corte was honored by being the first freshman legislator to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Conservative Coalition, a group of legislators from the Texas House and Senate with a membership of over 100. He served as their President from 1996 to 1998. The Texas House Republican elected Representative Corte the Caucus Chairman in February 2007 where he serves as the leader of the 81 Republicans in the Texas House. In his eighth term, Rep. Corte is the highest-ranking Republican in the Bexar County delegation.
In January 2003, he was appointed as Chairman of the Defense Affairs and State-Federal Relations Committee, which he helped establish. This is a nine-member House Committee with jurisdiction of matters of homeland security, military issues, emergency preparedness and response, and relations between the state and federal government. Rep. Corte has authored and passed several pieces of legislation that serve as models for other states. His focus continues to be on family issues, small business, military and security issues, and private property rights.
Rep. Corte has been the recipient of numerous awards from diverse organizations focused on family and business issues, to include the Free Market Foundation=s Top 10% list and again with the AChampion of Free Enterprise@ award. In 1993 and 1995, he was awarded the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business. For his pro-family legislative actions, Representative Corte was honored by the Bexar County Christian Coalition, the American Family Association of Texas, the Texas Eagle Forum and the Texas Right to Life. In 2004, he was recognized by the Texas Christian Coalition with their AFriend of the Family Award@ for his tireless efforts for pro-family legislation.
Representative and Mrs. Corte have three children.