Degetau was the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico and was a Republican. He served from 1903 to 1905.
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 — Degetau 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.
He was previously the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico as a Republican from 1901 to 1903.
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- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information