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Commish. Luis Fortuño

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

Fortuño, a Republican, was the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2008.

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 — Fortuño 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.

Photo of Commish. Luis Fortuño [R-PR0, 2005-2008]

Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Fortuño 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 2008. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Fortuño is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Fortuño was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

Fortuño sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (28%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Health (15%) Social Welfare (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) International Affairs (9%) Taxation (7%) Law (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Fortuño’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 2007 to Sep 2008, Fortuño missed 166 of 471 roll call votes, which is 35.2%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 2008. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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