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Jenniffer A. González Colón
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29th Speaker of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico
In office
January 12, 2009 – January 1, 2013
Governor Luis Fortuño
Preceded by José Aponte Hernández
Succeeded by Jaime Perello
At-Large Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2005
Preceded by Melinda Romero Donnelly
Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives from the 4th District
In office
February 28, 2002 – January 1, 2005
Preceded by Edison Misla Aldarondo
Succeeded by Liza Fernández Rodríguez
Vice-Chairwoman of the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 9, 2009
Preceded by Miriam J. Ramírez de Ferrer
Personal details
Born Jenniffer Aydin González Colón
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Political party New Progressive Party
Republican Party of Puerto Rico
Alma mater University of Puerto Rico

Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Jenniffer A. González Colón (born August 5, 1976) is a Puerto Rican politician who served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico, a commonwealth with the United States.[1] She is affiliated with the pro-statehood New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (NPP) and the United States Republican Party. She also serves as Vice-Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Puerto Rico and Vice-Chairwoman of the New Progressive Party.[2] She studied Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico and studied Law at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico.[3]

Representative[edit]

González was first elected to the House of Representatives in a special election held on February 24, 2002, to fill the vacancy left by former House Speaker Edison Misla Aldarondo, after his resignation as Representative from San Juan's 4th District due to being convicted and sentenced to nearly six years in prison for extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice. She was the first female elected representative of San Juan's Fourth District and the youngest member of the 14th Legislative Assembly. Previous to being elected as Representative, González served as Chairwoman of the San Juan New Progressive Party Youth Organization and was very active in the Pro-Statehood Students movement while attending college.

González was re-elected in the 2004 Puerto Rico general elections, this time as an At-Large Representative. She served as Chairwoman of the House Government Affairs Committee, and as ranking member of the Budget, San Juan Development, Women's Affairs, and Internal Affairs Committees, as well as the Joint Commission for the Revision of the Civil Code of Puerto Rico.

Speaker of the House[edit]

González, at the age of 32, was elected House Speaker by members of her New Progressive Party delegation during a caucus held on November 7, 2008, thereby defeating incumbent House Speaker José Aponte Hernández in his bid for re-election to that post. She thus became the youngest and second woman in Puerto Rican history to be elected Speaker of the House, and the third to hold that seat.

As Speaker, González has had to deal with several scandals related to several representatives. In all cases, she has deferred to the Ethics Committee to handle them, and has stood by the Committee's findings. In 2010 she supported the recommendations that Rep. Iván A. Rodríguez Traverzo (NPP-16) be impeached and expelled from the House of Representatives for charges that he had solicited bribes, but on the day that the vote to do so was on the House Floor, Rodríguez resigned. Several days later, Rodríguez withdrew his resignation, and on January 2011, the House voted for his expulsion, making him the first member of the House in more than seventy years to be expelled.

Several weeks later, the Ethics Committee recommended the expulsion of Rep. Luis E. Farinacci Morales (PDP-At Large) for charges that he had threatened the to kill his estranged wife's brother and parents. Like Rodríguez, Farinacci resigned his post on the day that House was going to vote for his expulsion.

In 2011, House Majority Leader Rep. Rolando Crespo Arroyo tested positive for the use of cocaine, on a routine drug test ordered by the Speaker. Crespo resigned, making him the first legislator in Puerto Rican history to so for testing positive for the use of illegal drugs.

There are three more House members, Rep. Carmen Y. Cruz Soto (PDP-At Large), Rep. Rafael Hernández Montañez (PDP-At Large), and House Minority Whip, Rep. Luis R. Torres Cruz (PDP-2) who are being currently investigated, either by the Ethics Committee or the Special Independent Prosecutor's Office.

Political career[edit]

As Vice Chairwoman of the New Progressive Party, she has been charged with organizing a massive educational campaign on statehood for Puerto Rico.[2] She is also a member of the Party's Directory or governing body.

Electoral history[edit]

House of Representatives

Special Election to fill 4th District vacancy (February 24, 2002)[4]

Party Candidate Votes %
PNP Jenniffer A. González Colón 1,143 33.1%
PNP Julio Lebrón 689 16.1%
PNP Roberto Acevedo 662 15.5%
PNP Víctor Parés 587 13.7%
PNP Virgilio Meléndez 497 11.6%
PNP Julio F. Fernández 225 5.3%
PNP Johnny Colón 144 3.4%
PNP Yiya de Jesús 43 1.0%
Totals 4,271 100%
At-Large House of Representatives

General Election (2004)[5]

Party Candidate Votes %
Puerto Rican Independence Víctor García San Inocencio 186,197 9.73%
PNP Iris M. Ruiz Class 150,596 7.87%
PNP José F. Aponte Hernández 149,745 7.82%
Popular Democratic Ferdinand Pérez Román 149,008 7.78%
PNP Jenniffer A. González Colón 148,785 7.77%
PNP Rolando Crespo Arroyo 146,795 7.68%
PNP María L. Ramos Rivera 145,497 7.60%
PNP José Chico Vega 144,553 7.55%
Popular Democratic Héctor Ferrer Ríos 138,663 7.24%
Popular Democratic Carlos Vizcarrondo Irizarry 137,445 7.18%
Popular Democratic Jorge Colberg Toro 134,334 7.02%
Popular Democratic Julia Torres de Vargas 132,786 6.94%
Popular Democratic José E. Vélez 132,236 6.91%
Totals 1,914,522 100%
At-Large House of Representatives

General Election (2008)[6]

Party Candidate Votes %
Popular Democratic Héctor Ferrer Ríos 166,126 8.87%
PNP Jenniffer A. González Colón 161,116 8.61%
PNP Rolando Crespo Arroyo 154,631 8.26%
PNP María L. Ramos Rivera 152,188 8.13%
PNP José F. Aponte Hernández 151,612 8.1%
PNP Iris M. Ruiz Class 146,751 7.84%
PNP José Chico Vega 146,739 7.84%
Popular Democratic Luis Vega Ramos 128,992 6.89%
Popular Democratic Brenda López de Arrarás 128,603 6.87%
Popular Democratic Jaime Perelló Borrás 128,486 6.86%
Popular Democratic Carmen Y. Cruz Soto 126,126 6.74%
Popular Democratic Jorge Colberg Toro 124,446 6.65%
Puerto Rican Independence Víctor García San Inocencio 93,816 5.01%
Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Haydée Colón Cardona 11,043 0.59%
Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico William Lourido 10,941 0.58%
Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Iris Miranda 8,156 0.44%
Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Héctor Varela 6,320 0.34%
Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Néstor A. Suro 6,249 0.33%
Totals 1,942,973 100%

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "ADENDI". Elnuevodia.com. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b "ADENDI". Elnuevodia.com. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  3. ^ "ADENDI". http://www.camaraderepresentantes.org. Retrieved 201-29-12. 
  4. ^ "Eventos Electorales | Elección Especial 24-Feb-2002 | PNP | Representante Distrito 4 | Resultados del Escrutinio". CEEPUR. 2002-02-24. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  5. ^ "Elecciones Generales 2004". Cee.ceepur.org. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  6. ^ http://196.42.5.130/staticpub/ELECCIONES_GENERALES_2008_4/ESCRUTINIO_GENERAL_8/DEFAULT.HTML