15th Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico

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The 15th Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico meets from January 2, 2005, to January 1, 2009. All members of the House of Representatives and the Senate were elected in the General Elections of 2004. The House and the Senate both have a majority of members from the New Progressive Party. It was the second time in Puerto Rican history in which the majority of the Assembly was from a different party than of the Governor of Puerto Rico.

Major legislation[edit]

  • Tax Justice Act (Ley de Justicia Contributiva), also known as the Puerto Rico tax reform.
  • Government Fiscal Reform Act (Ley de Reforma Fiscal Gubernamental)

Senate leadership[edit]

Office Senator Party District
President Kenneth McClintock NPP Elected as a Senator At-Large
Vice President Orlando Parga NPP Elected as a Senator At-Large
Rules Committee Chair Margarita Nolasco NPP District VI (House Districts 26-30) Guayama
Majority Leader Margarita Nolasco NPP District VI (House Districts 26-30) Guayama
Minority Leader Jose Luis Dalmau PDP District VII (House Districts 31-35) Humacao
Minority Leader Maria de Lourdes Santiago PIP Elected as a Senator At-Large
Majority Whip Carlos Pagán NPP District IV (House Districts 16-20) Mayagüez
Minority Whip Sila Mari González Calderón PDP Elected as a Senator At-Large

House leadership[edit]

Office Representative Party District
Speaker of the House Jose Aponte NPP Elected as a Representative At-Large
Speaker Pro Tem Epifanio Jiménez, Jr. NPP District 40 Carolina
Majority Leader Iris Miriam Ruiz NPP Elected as a Representative At-Large
Minority Leader Hector Ferrer PDP Elected as a Representative At-Large
Minority Leader Víctor García San Inocencio PIP Elected as a Representative At-Large

Members[edit]

Members of the 15th Legislative Assembly as of June 2005:

Senate[edit]

There are 17 NPP, 9 PDP, and 1 PIP in the higher chamber of the 15th Legislative Assembly

Senator Party District
Modesto Agosto Alicea PDP District Num. V (District 21-25) Ponce
Lucy Arce NPP Senator At-Large
Roberto Arango NPP District Num. I (District 1-5) San Juan
Eudaldo Baez Galib PDP Senator At-Large
Norma Burgos NPP Senator At-Large
Jose Luis Dalmau PDP District Num. VII (District 31-35) Humacao
Jorge de Castro Font NPP Senator At-Large
Carlos Díaz NPP District Num. I (District 1-5) San Juan
Antonio Fas Alzamora PDP Senator At-Large
Jose Garriga Pico NPP Senator At-Large
Sila Mari González Calderón PDP Senator At-Large
Jose Emilio Gonzalez Velazquez NPP District Num. III (District 11-15) Arecibo
Juan Hernandez Mayoral PDP Senator At-Large
Sixto Hernandez Serrano (resigned in 2006 upon confirmation as appeals judge) PDP District Num. VII (District 31-35) Humacao
Víctor David Loubriel (resigned during 2nd day in office) NPP District Num. II (District 11-15) Arecibo
Hector Martinez NPP District Num. VII (District 36-40) Carolina
Kenneth McClintock NPP Senator At-Large
Luis Daniel Muñiz NPP District Num. IV (District 16-20) Mayaguez
Margarita Nolasco NPP District Num. VI (District 26-30) Guayama
Carlos Pagan NPP District Num. IV (District 16-20) Mayaguez
Orlando Parga NPP Senator At-Large
Migdalia Padilla NPP District Num. II (District 6-10) Bayamón
Bruno Ramos PDP District Num. V (District 21-25) Ponce
Carmelo Ríos NPP District Num. II (District 6-10) Bayamón
Pedro Rosselló (Sworn in Feb. 13, 2005; selected to fill Sen. Loubriel's vacancy) NPP District Num. II (District 11-15) Arecibo
Maria de Lourdes Santiago PIP Senator At-Large
Lornna Soto NPP District Num. VII (District 36-40) Carolina
Jorge Suárez Cáceres (selected 2006 to fill Sen. Hernández Serrano's vacancy) PDP District Num. VII (District 31-35) Humacao
Cirilo Tirado PDP District Num. VI (District 26-30) Guayama

House of Representatives (incomplete)[edit]

Representative Party District
Francisco González PNP District Num. 1 San Juan
Luis Raúl Torres PPD District Num. 2 San Juan
Albita Rivera PNP District Num. 3 San Juan
Liza Fernandez PNP District Num. 4 San Juan
Jorge Navarro Suárez PNP District Num. 5 San Juan
Angel Pérez Otero PNP District Num. 6
Luis Pérez Ortíz PNP District Num. 7
Antonio Silva PNP District Num. 8
Nelson Del Valle PNP District Num. 9
Bernardo Márquez PNP District Num. 10
Jose Javier Garcia PPD District Num. 11
Hector A. Torres PNP District Num. 12
Gabriel Rodríguez Aguiló PNP District Num. 13
Carlos Molina PNP District Num. 14
Jose E. Concepción PNP District Num. 15
Sergio Ortiz PPD District Num. 16
José L. Rivera PNP District Num. 17
Julio C. Roman PNP District Num. 18
Carlos M. Hernandez PPD District Num. 19
Norman Ramírez PNP District Num. 20
Lydia Méndez PPD District Num. 21
Javier A. Rivera PNP District Num. 22
Rafael A. Garcia PPD District Num. 23
Roberto Cruz PPD District Num. 24
Ramon A. Reyes PPD District Num. 25
Jose L. Jimenez PNP District Num. 26
Carmen I. Gonzalez PPD District Num. 27
Rafael Rivera Ortega PNP District Num. 28
Pedro I. Cintron PNP District Num. 29
Jorge L. Ramos PNP District Num. 30
Sylvia Rodríguez PPD District Num. 31
José "Conny" Varela PNP District Num. 32
Angel R. Peña PNP District Num. 33
Cristóbal Colón Ruiz PNP District Num. 34
Joel Rosario PPD District Num. 35
Carlos Mendez PNP District Num. 36
Angel Bulerín PNP District Num. 37
Pedro A. Rodríguez PPD District Num. 38
Roberto Rivera Ruiz PPD District Num. 39
Epifanio Jiménez PNP District Num. 40
Jose F. Aponte PNP Representative At-Large
Iris Miriam Ruiz PNP Representative At-Large
María de Lourdes Ramos PNP Representative At-Large
Jenniffer González PNP Representative At-Large
José Chico Vega PNP Representative At-Large
Rolando Crespo PNP Representative At-Large
Héctor Ferrer PPD Representative At-Large
Carlos Vizcarrondo PPD Representative At-Large
Ferdinand Pérez PPD Representative At-Large
Jorge Colberg Toro PPD Representative At-Large
Víctor García San Inocencio PIP Representative At-Large

Changes in membership[edit]

Senate[edit]

District
Former senator Reason for change Successor Date of successor's
installation
III - Arecibo
Víctor David Loubriel Resigned January 4, 2005 (2 days after being sworn in) Pedro Rosselló February 13, 2005
VII - Humacao
Sixto Hernández Serrano Resigned August 16, 2006 after being confirmed as an appeals judge. Jorge Suárez Cáceres August 31, 2006

Changes in leadership[edit]

  • August 24, 2008: Jorge de Castro Font announces he is stepping down as Majority Leader after his office and apartment are searched by the FBI the day before.

Notes[edit]

This is not the first time that the majority of the Legislature has been of a party different from the governor. In 1969-1972, the NPP controlled the House, the PDP controlled the Senate and the Governor was the late Luis A. Ferré (NPP). Between 1981 and 1984 the Governor was Carlos Romero Barceló (NPP) and the Senate from 1981 to 1984, and the House from 1982 to 1984, were controlled by the PDP.

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