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Commish. Jaime Benítez

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

Benítez, a Popular Democrat, was the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico from 1973 to 1976.

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 — Benítez can vote in committee but not on the House floor, including not on the final passage of bills. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Benítez is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Benítez sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Benítez sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (23%) Social Welfare (19%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Private Legislation (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Education (6%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Law (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Benítez’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: