Party leaders of the Senate of Puerto Rico

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Majority Leader of the
Senate of Puerto Rico
PNP Leader
Aníbal José Torres

since January 14, 2013
Minority Leader of the
Senate of Puerto Rico
PPD Leader
Larry Seilhamer

since January 14, 2013
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The Senate of Puerto Rico Majority and Minority Leaders are Puerto Rican Senators who are elected by the party conferences that hold the majority and the minorities respectively. These leaders serve as the chief Senate spokespeople for their parties and manage and schedule the legislative and executive business of the Senate. By rule, the Presiding Officer gives the Majority Leader priority in obtaining recognition to speak on the floor of the Senate. The Majority Leader customarily serves as the chief representative of his or her party in Senate.

Current floor leaders[edit]

The Senate is currently composed of 18 senators from the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), 8 senators from the New Progressive Party (PNP) and one senator from the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP).

The incumbent floor leaders are PPD Majority Leader Aníbal José Torres and PNP Minority Leader Larry Seilhamer.

List of party leaders[edit]

The "Majority" column indicates which party was the majority in the Senate, while the opposing column indicates the minority. The PIP is usually a minority.

Senate Dates PNP Leader Majority PPD Leader PIP Leader
1st 1949–1953 PPD Maj → N/A
2nd 1953–1957 Miguel Angel García Méndez Gilberto Concepción de Gracia (At-large)
3rd 1957–1961 Miguel Angel García Méndez Luis Negrón López N/A
4th 1961–1965
5th 1965–1969 Luis Negrón López
6th 1969–1973 Hipólito Marcano
7th 1973–1977 José Menéndez Monroig Rubén Berríos (At-large)
8th 1977–1981 Nicolás Nogueras (At-large) ← PNP Maj Miguel Hernández Agosto N/A
9th 1981–1985 PPD Maj → Gilberto Rivera Ortiz
10th 1985–1989 Roberto Rexach Benítez (At-large) Gilberto Rivera Ortiz Rubén Berríos (At-large)
11th 1989–1993 Gilberto Rivera Ortiz Fernando Martín García (At-large)
12th 1993–1997 Charlie Rodríguez ← PNP Maj Miguel Hernández Agosto Rubén Berríos (At-large)
13th 1997–2001 José Enrique Meléndez Antonio Fas Alzamora (At-large)
14th 2001–2005 Kenneth McClintock (At-large) PPD Maj → José Luis Dalmau (Humacao) Fernando Martín (At-large)
15th 2005 Jorge de Castro Font (At-large) ← PNP Maj José Luis Dalmau (Humacao)
2005–2009 Margarita Nolasco (Guayama) María de Lourdes Santiago (At-large)
16th 2009–2011 Roberto Arango (At-large) N/A
2011-2013 Larry Seilhamer (Ponce)
17th 2013–present Larry Seilhamer (At-large) PPD Maj → Aníbal José Torres (At-large) María de Lourdes Santiago (At-large)
Senate Dates PNP Leader Majority PPD Leader PIP Leader

See also[edit]