Carlos Johnny Méndez

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Johnny Méndez
31st Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Preceded by Roberto Rivera Ruiz de Porras
Minority Whip of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
In office
January 14, 2013 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by Angel Pérez Otero
Succeeded by Ramón Luis Cruz
Majority Leader of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
In office
February 25, 2011 – January 1, 2013
Preceded by Rolando Crespo
Succeeded by Charlie Hernández
Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
from the 36th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2005
Preceded by Jorge Fuentes
Personal details
Born Fajardo, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Political party New Progressive
Other political
Education University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (BA)
Interamerican University, San Juan (JD)

Carlos J. "Johnny" Méndez Núñez is a politician from Fajardo, Puerto Rico. He represents District 36 in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives[1] and assumed the role of Majority Leader upon the resignation of Rolando Crespo as a member of the House in February, 2011.[2][3]

Méndez is a supporter of statehood for Puerto Rico and is affiliated with the New Progressive Party (PNP).

Méndez, who studied law and resides in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, simultaneously chairs the Government Committee of the House. He is a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.

Early life and education[edit]

Carlos Johnny Méndez Nuñez was born and raised in Fajardo. He graduated with honors from the Santiago Veve Calzada High School.

After graduating, Méndez was admitted to the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras where he completed a Bachelor's degree with a major in Labor Relations and a minor in Business Administration. He graduated in 1982, and continued studies in Law at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law. He received his Juris doctor in 1986.

Public service[edit]

Méndez began working in 1986 for the Municipality of San Juan, specifically for the Training and Employment Program, where he was in charge of writing service contracts, as well as the supervision of them. In 1987, he went to work for the Legal Division of the Medical Services Administration of Puerto Rico.

In 1989, Méndez was recruited by the Mayor of Fajardo, Aníbal Meléndez Rivera, to work as Director of the Office of Federal Affairs. After that, he occupied several positions within the City Administration.

Was the Executive director of the Northeast Consortium (Consorcio Del Noreste) from 1997 to 2004.

Political career[edit]

Méndez was first elected to the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico at the 2004 general election. During his first term, he served as President of the Commission of Employment and Labor Relations. He also served as Vicepresident of the Commissions of Law, Municipal Affairs, and others.

After being reelected in 2008, Méndez was appointed as President of the Government Commission.[1] In February 25, 2011, he was elected by his colleagues as Majority Speaker, filling the vacancy left by Rolando Crespo.[2]

Méndez was reelected for a third term at the 2012 general election. Méndez was reelected for a fourth term at the 2016 general election and will serve as the 31st Speaker of the House [4]


Political offices
Preceded by
Jorge Fuentes
Puerto Rico House of Representatives, 36th district
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Roberto Rivera Ruiz de Porras
31st Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
Succeeded by

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