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Commish. Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá

Former Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico’s At-Large District

Acevedo-Vilá was the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico and was most recently a Popular Democrat (2003-2004) and previously an AL (2001-2002). He served from 2001 to 2004.

Because Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate, called the resident commissioner, with limited voting privileges — Acevedo-Vilá can currently vote in committee and in certain votes on the House floor, but not if their vote would be decisive. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.

Photo of Commish. Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá [P-PR, 2001-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Acevedo-Vilá is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Acevedo-Vilá sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 7, 2004. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Acevedo-Vilá was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Acevedo-Vilá sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Economics and Public Finance (20%) Social Welfare (15%) Families (12%) Health (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Acevedo-Vilá’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: