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Encyclopedia > House of Representatives of Puerto Rico

The House of Representatives of Puerto Rico is the lower house of the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico, larger than the Senate. Together, they compose the legislative branch of the government of Puerto Rico.


In order to elect the members of the House, Puerto Rico is divided in forty representative districts. Article VIII of the Constitution of Puerto Rico divides Puerto Rico into eight senatorial districts, each one of them composed of five of the aforementioned representative districts.

For each one of the representative districts, the people of Puerto Rico elect one Representative. In addition, the people are allowed to vote for one Representative At-Large of their preference. The eleven Representatived At-Large with the majority of votes complete the rest of the House, which totals 51 members.

Article III, Section 5 of the Constitution of Puerto Rico states that no person shall be a member of the Senate unless he:

  • is capable of reading and writing in either Spanish or English;
  • is a citizen of the United States and Puerto Rico;
  • has resided in Puerto Rico for at least two years immediately prior to the date of his election or appointment;
  • is over twenty-five years of age.

External links

  • camaradepuertorico.org (http://www.camaradepuertorico.org/) - official site, in Spanish.

  Results from FactBites:
Wikipedia: Puerto Rico (1005 words)
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an archipelago in the eastern Caribbean of autonomous politics, in free association with the United States.
Puerto Rico is part of the Greater Antilles, located to the east of the Dominican Republic and to the west of the Lesser Antilles.
The government is composed of 3 branches: the Executive branch headed by the Governor, the Legislative branch consisting of a bicameral Legislative Assembly (a Senate and a House of Representatives) and the Judicial branch.
Article about "Puerto Rico" in the English Wikipedia on 24-Apr-2004 (1316 words)
Puerto Rico is a self-governing unincorporated organized territory of the United States, in the eastern Caribbean, consisting of the island of Puerto Rico and some smaller islands.
The major differences between Puerto Rico and the states are greater financial autonomy (it levies its own taxes and is exempt from the Internal Revenue Code), its lack of voting representation in either house of the Congress and the ineligibility of Puerto Ricans to vote in presidential elections.
Puerto Rico's population is a mixture of European, African and Native American, with a small presence of Asians.
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