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Commish. Luis Rivera

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

Rivera was the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico and was an Unionist. He served from 1915 to 1917.

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 — Rivera 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.

He was previously the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico as an Unionist from 1911 to 1915.

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