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Encyclopedia > Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico

The Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico is a nonvoting representative of the United States House of Representatives elected by Puerto Ricans every 4 years. The representative is allowed to serve, and serves as process observer, in U.S. Congress committees.

List of former Commisioners

Term(s) served Name Puerto Rican Party United States Party
2005 – present Luis Fortuño PNP Republican
2001-2005 Anibal Acevedo Vila PPD Democratic
19932001 Carlos Romero Barcelo PNP Democratic
19921993 Antonio Colorado PPD Democratic
19851992 Jaime Fuster PPD Democratic
19771985 Baltasar Corrada del Río PNP Republican
19731977 Jaime Benitez PPD
19691973 Jorge Luis Cordova PNP
19651969 Santiago Polanco Abreu PPD
19461965 Antonio Fernós Isern PPD
19451946 Jesús T. Piñero PPD
19391945 Bolívar Pagán Coalitionist
19331939 Santiago Iglesias Pantín Coalitionist
19321933 José Lorenzo Pesquera Nonpartisan
19171932 Felix Cordova Davila Unionist
19111916 Luis Muñoz Rivera Unionist
19051911 Tulio Larrinaga Unionist
19011905 Federico Degetau Republican

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Politics of Puerto Rico - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2808 words)
Puerto Rico has a territorial judiciary including a Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and a Court of First Instance composed of two sections: a Superior Court and a Municipal Court (justices for all these courts appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate).
Puerto Rico's current constitutional arrangements are the result of a treaty signed in 1952, so presumably it could become independent in the same way—a right not possessed by the states of the United States.
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 Rican residents to vote in presidential elections.
Puerto Rico - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3299 words)
Puerto Rico is composed of Cretaceous to Eocene volcanic and plutonic rocks, which are overlain by younger Oligocene to recent carbonates and other sedimentary rocks.
Puerto Rico's formal Chief of State is the President of the United States; however, most of the executive functions are carried out by the governor.
A non-voting Resident Commissioner is elected by the residents of Puerto Rico to the U.S. Congress.
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