State cabinet member Pedro Cortes resigns
Pedro Cortes, who has headed the state agency responsible for licensing a range of professionals, among other tasks, is resigning, according to the office of Gov. Tom Wolf.
Cortes, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of State, will be replaced by Robert Torres, who will fill in as interim secretary.
Torres had been the department's executive deputy secretary.
A release from Wolf's office did not give a reason for the resignation, or a date it would take effect. A message left with a spokesman for the governor was not immediately returned.
Cortes has been secretary since June 2015.
Torres worked in the private sector, including a stint as vice president of health information technology at Capital Blue Cross, before joining the state department. He also served in the Corbett and Rendell administrations, largely in roles related to health and technology.
The Department of State oversees elections, licensing of various kinds of processionals, and registration of businesses and charities.