Jorge Luis Córdova

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Jorge Luis Córdova
Jorge Luis Córdova Díaz.jpg
Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
In office
1969-1973
Preceded by Santiago Polanco Abreu
Succeeded by Jaime Benítez
Personal details
Born April 20, 1907
Manatí, Puerto Rico
Died September 16, 1994
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Political party New Progressive Party
Profession lawyer

Jorge Luis Córdova Díaz (April 20, 1907 – September 16, 1994) served as Puerto Rico's eleventh Resident Commissioner. His father, Félix Córdova Dávila, had served as Puerto Rico's fourth Resident Commissioner from 1917 to 1932.

Born in Manatí, Puerto Rico, Córdova attained his A.B. at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, in 1928 and his LL.B. from Harvard University Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1931. He was a lawyer in private practice. He served as a Superior Court judge in San Juan from 1940 to 1945. He served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico from 1945 to 1946.

Córdova was unexpectedly elected, as the New Progressive Party candidate for Resident Commissioner, for a four-year term (1969–1973) that spanned the Ninety-First and Ninety-Second Congress. His victory as gubernatorial candidate Luis A. Ferré's running mate, was unexpected since the Popular Democratic Party had ruled Puerto Rico for 28 consecutive years. Although a Republican, he sat with the Democrats in caucus. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1972, and became a business executive.

Prior to Córdova's death, then-Senator Kenneth McClintock authored legislation, signed by Governor Pedro Rosselló, that created the Córdova Congressional Internship Program honoring Córdova Díaz and his father and Congressional predecessor, Félix Córdova Dávila. The program allows 40 college students to spend a semester-long internship in the United States Congress every year. Since its inception, over 600 students have participated in the program which is run by The Washington Center for Academic Internships and Scholarships and a joint committee of Puerto Rico's Legislative Assembly, chaired for many years by McClintock and currently chaired by senator Melinda Romero Donnelly.

He died on September 16, 1994, in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the age of 87.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Santiago Polanco Abreu
Resident Commissioner to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Puerto Rico

1969-1973
Succeeded by
Jaime Benítez