José Guillermo Rodríguez

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José Guillermo Rodríguez
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Mayor of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 11, 1993
Preceded by Benjamín Cole
Personal details
Born (1960-03-11)March 11, 1960
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Political party Popular Democratic Party (PPD)
Spouse(s) Marisel Mora González
Children 2
Alma mater Inter American University (BA)
Profession Politician

José Guillermo Rodríguez Rodríguez is a Puerto Rican politician who serves as the Mayor of the city of Mayagüez,[1] Puerto Rico. He was born in Mayagüez on October 10, 1956. He is a member of the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico.

Early years and education[edit]

The eldest of five siblings, "Guillito" is the son of Guillermo Rodríguez and Natividad Rodríguez Estrada. He received his elementary school education in “Escuela de Cruces” and “Escuela de Malezas”, he received his intermediate school education from the Manuel A. Barreto School and later graduated from Eugenio María de Hostos High School.[2]

At sixteen years old he was elected Vice President of Popular Democratic Party Youth of Quebrada Grande, his Barrio. Afterwards he was the first elected president of the Popular Democratic Youth of the Mayagüez-Aguadilla district. On 1980 he graduated from Inter-American University San German Campus, with a bachelor's degree in Arts and a concentration in Public Administration.[2]

Political career[edit]

He occupied diverse positions in the Municipal Government of Mayagüez: Communal Worker, Assistant Administrator of the Luis Muñoz Rivera Park, Sub-Director of Civil Defense, Safety Coordinator, Assistant Administrator for the Municipal Hospital and Inspector of “Rentas Publicas”.[2]

In the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico, he worked as Assistant to the Youth Commission, and later as Executive Director of the Legislative office for Representative Hon. Esteban Rosado Báez. In the Popular Democratic Primaries celebrated in 1988 he was elected to occupy the seat left by Rosado Báez in the House of Representatives.[2]

In 1992 he ran for mayor of Mayagüez, winning by a vast majority, gaining 8,500 more votes than his own party. He swore as mayor on January 11, 1993.[2] He worked on making sure the city was ready for the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games, hosted by the city. On July 18, 2010, he spoke at the inauguration of the games where he stated "Puerto Rico no solo es el Area Metropolitana"(Puerto Rico is not only the Metropolitan Area).

He has been honored by many civic entities, among them, Distinguished Citizen by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1989; by the Centro Unido de Detallistas de Puerto Rico, in 1991; by the Chamber of Commerce of the West in 1990; by the Dominican-Puertorican Chamber of Commerce in 1993; and by the Comité Organizador de los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe in 1993.[2]

Personal life[edit]

On December 1988 he married Marisel Mora González with whom he has two children; Francisco José and Guillermo Antonio Rodríguez Mora.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aguilo Ramos, Silvia (1984). Mayaguez: Notas para su Historia. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Model Offset Printing. pp. 71–72. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Mayor Biography" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Bejamín Cole
Mayor of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
1993–
Succeeded by
Incumbent