Dominic L. Cortese
Born: September 27, 1932 in San Jose, CA
Children: David Dominic*, Rosanne, Mary Elizabeth, Thomas and James
Military Service: ARMY
1969-1981: Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
1995: While serving in the State Assembly, changed party affiliation mid-term from Democratic to Reform on December 8.
1998-2002: Member, Alum Rock School District Board
- When he changed party affiliation, Cortese became the highest-ranking Reform Party elected official.
- Dave Cortese was a 1996 primary candidate for AD-23 (lost) and a 2020 candidate for SD-15 (pending). Cortese was a member of the San Jose City Council (2000-2008) and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (2008-present) as well as a candidate for Mayor of San Jose in 2006 and 2014.
- Legal Troubles: In April 1991, Cortese was convicted for accepting a gift of a $3,700 house painting job from a lobbyist. Cortese was fined $7,050 and required to serve 100 hours of community service.
Source: California Assembly Handbook (1981)
Source: "No-Contest Plea in Paint Job: San Jose Legislator fined for taking unlawful gift from lobbyist" by Herbert A. Sample, Sacramento Bee (4/12/1991), p. A5