Commish. Jaime Benítez

Former Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico’s At-Large District, Popular Democrat

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

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. Because it is not a state, it has no senators or representatives in Congress. Instead it sends a delegate to the House of Representatives, called the resident commissioner, with essentially no voting privileges. Delegates have a marginal role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.


Our unique analysis of the bills Benítez sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Benítez is shown as a purple triangle. (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%) Water Resources Development (6%) Education (6%) Government Operations and Politics (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: