Elections and Offices — Jan 3, 2009
Commish. Luis Fortuño [R-PR0, 2005-2008] leaves office as Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico At Large.
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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.
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 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)
Fortuño sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Fortuño’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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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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