Jaime Fuster

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Jaime Fuster
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Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
In office
1985–1992
Preceded by Baltasar Corrada del Río
Succeeded by Antonio Colorado
Personal details
Born (1941-01-12)January 12, 1941
Guayama, Puerto Rico
Died December 3, 2007(2007-12-03) (aged 66)
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Political party Popular Democratic Party, Democratic Party

Jaime B. Fuster Berlingeri (January 12, 1941 – December 3, 2007)[1][2] was a politician who served as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Justice Fuster, along with Justice Liana Fiol Matta, was considered the leading liberal voice in the Puerto Rico Supreme Court.

Education[edit]

He obtained his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1962 and his Law Degree form the University of Puerto Rico in 1965. He later obtained a Master's Degree in Law from Columbia Law School in 1966. He carried his post-graduate studies in Harvard University. In 1985, he received a Doctorate, Honoris Causa, from Temple University.

Political career[edit]

In 1979, Fuster was named Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States. He held that position until 1981. In 1984, he was elected Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico to the United States Congress. During his tenure (1985–1992), he served a term as Chair of Congressional Hispanic Caucus. In both terms he served on the Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs, and on the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. In Congress he was a strong advocate for educational and youth programs. He supported numerous laws and bills to give state and local governments assistance for youth service projects and programs aimed at preventing drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse. He also supported the establishment of a Children, Youth, and Families Administration, as well as the establishment of a federal child care program. He sponsored legislation to increase social security funds for families with blind, aged, and disabled dependents.

In 1992, Governor Rafael Hernández Colón appointed him to the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Fuster resigned from his Resident Commissioner position on March 4, 1992 to take an appointment as associate justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. He took the oath of office on March 4, 1992 after confirmation by the Senate, serving on the Court until his death.

Fuster was affiliated with the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico and the Democratic Party of the United States.

Death[edit]

Fuster died during the early hours of December 3, 2007 from cardiac arrest. His death left the Supreme Court in an unprecedented position with two seats currently vacant.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Baltasar Corrada del Río
Resident Commissioner to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Puerto Rico

1985–1992
Succeeded by
Antonio J. Colorado Laguna
Court offices
Preceded by
José Andreu García
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico
1992–2007
Succeeded by
Mildred Pabón Charneco