Pedro Pierluisi

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Pedro Pierluisi
Pedro R. Pierluisi.jpg
Governor of Puerto Rico
Assumed office
January 2, 2021
Preceded byWanda Vázquez Garced
In office
August 2, 2019 – August 7, 2019
De facto[a]
Preceded byRicardo Rosselló
Succeeded byWanda Vázquez Garced
Acting Secretary of State of Puerto Rico
In office
July 31, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Preceded byMaría Marcano de León (acting)
Succeeded byMaría Marcano de León (acting)
Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2017
Preceded byLuis Fortuño
Succeeded byJenniffer González
Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico
In office
January 2, 1993 – January 2, 1997
GovernorPedro Rosselló
Preceded byHéctor Rivera Cruz
Succeeded byJosé Fuentes Agostini
Personal details
Born
Pedro Rafael Pierluisi Urrutia

(1959-04-26) April 26, 1959 (age 63)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Political partyNew Progressive
Other political
affiliations
Democratic
Children4
RelativesJosé Jaime Pierluisi (brother)
Residence(s)La Fortaleza
EducationTulane University (BA)
George Washington University (JD)

Pedro Rafael Pierluisi Urrutia (born April 26, 1959) is a Puerto Rican politician and lawyer currently serving as governor of Puerto Rico. He has previously served as Secretary of Justice, Resident Commissioner, acting Secretary of State, interim governor of Puerto Rico and as private attorney for Puerto Rico's fiscal oversight board under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act.

Early life and education[edit]

Pierluisi was born on April 26, 1959, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His parents are Jorge Pierluisi Díaz and Doris Urrutia. He attended Colegio Marista Guaynabo in Guaynabo, graduating in 1977. In 1981, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from Tulane University, and later earned a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University Law School in 1984. He was President of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association chapter at Tulane University.[1] During his studies at George Washington University, Pierluisi interned at the congressional office of then-Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Baltasar Corrada del Río.[2]

Early political career[edit]

He practiced law in Puerto Rico from 1990 until 1993.[3] In 1993, Governor Pedro Rossello nominated Pierluisi to serve as Puerto Rico's Secretary of Justice. His nomination was unanimously confirmed by the Puerto Rican legislature.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

On May 18, 2007, Pierluisi announced his candidacy for Resident Commissioner, Puerto Rico's sole delegate to the United States Congress in the November 2008 elections. He accompanied then current Resident Commissioner and gubernatorial candidate Luis Fortuño in the March 9, 2008 NPP primary ticket.

Pierluisi is a member of the New Progressive Party in Puerto Rico which advocates statehood for the Island territory. While on Capitol Hill, Pierluisi caucused with the House Democratic Caucus.[5]

As Resident Commissioner, Pierluisi introduced H.R. 2499, which sought to provide for a plebiscite to be held in Puerto Rico to determine the island's ultimate political status. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives but did not receive a vote in the Senate, and lapsed following the sine die adjournment of the 111th Congress. In a separate bill, H.R. 870, Pierluisi sought to add Puerto Rico to Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code so that the island's government-owned corporations could file for bankruptcy — a privilege they do not enjoy due to the territory's exclusion from the code.

On May 15, 2013, Pierluisi filed H.R. 2000, a bill to admit Puerto Rico as a state.[6]

Rosselló succession[edit]

In late July 2019 the embattled governor, Ricardo Rosselló, nominated Pierluisi to serve as Secretary of State of Puerto Rico. He was additionally sworn into the role as a recess appointment. Rosselló then summoned Puerto Rico's Legislative Assembly for them to issue their advice and consent. The House of Representatives approved his nomination 26–21.[7] However, the following day, members of the Puerto Rican Senate announced that action on his nomination would not occur until August 1. When Rosselló resigned on August 2, he declared Pierluisi to be governor although he had not been confirmed by both the House and the Senate as secretary of state, and Pierluisi affirmed Rosselló's declaration. Pierluisi's accession to the governorship was challenged in the courts as being unconstitutional.[8] On August 5, the Puerto Rico Senate filed a lawsuit against his appointment as governor by contending that unless he obtained the Senate's assent, his governorship was unconstitutional.[9] Two days later, the Puerto Rico Supreme Court ruled that the law that enabled his swearing in was unconstitutional and ordered that the succession take place per Law 7 of 2005.

2020 elections[edit]

On August 16, 2020, Pierluisi won the PNP gubernatorial primary race against governor Wanda Vázquez Garced. With 75.6% of voting stations reporting, Pierluisi has won about 57.9% of the votes over Vazquez's 42.1%, clinching the nomination for New Progressive Party.[10][11] On November 3, 2020, Pierluisi was elected as the Governor of Puerto Rico. He received approximately 32.9% of all the votes, distributed among 6 candidates that ran for office.[12]

On Saturday, January 2, 2021, Pierluisi took the oath of office. At 8:00 a.m., there was a private ceremony in which he took the oath from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Maite Oronoz Rodríguez.[13] This was followed by a public ceremony on the northern side of the Capitol of Puerto Rico, where Pierluisi retook the oath of office publicly and gave his inaugural address.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Governor Pierluisi is the father of four adult children and the grandfather of five grandchildren.

His first marriage was to María Eugenia Rojo, with whom he shares his four children. They divorced in the late 1990s. In 2019, after twelve years of marriage, he and his ex-wife María Elena Carrión divorced. The Governor is currently single. Pierluisi's father, Jorge Pierluisi, served as Secretary of Puerto Rico's Housing Department under Gov. Carlos Romero Barceló from 1977 to 1985. His brother, José Jaime Pierluisi, an economic adviser to then governor Pedro Rossello, was shot and killed during a carjacking in 1994.[15]

Honors[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ His swearing in was deemed unconstitutional and he was duly removed from office on August 7, 2019. Wanda Vázquez Garced was subsequently sworn in as governor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Free Hosting Account Suspended - x10hosting". Statehoodpr.org. Archived from the original on 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  2. ^ "Pedro Pierluisi, 1959-" (PDF).
  3. ^ "PIERLUISI, Pedro | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". history.house.gov. Retrieved 2021-05-02.
  4. ^ "¿Quién es Pedro Pierluisi?". Primera Hora (in Spanish). 3 August 2019. Retrieved 2021-05-02.
  5. ^ Newlin, Eliza. Res. Com. Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR, At-Large) – The Almanac of American Politics. Nationaljournal.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-22.
  6. ^ – Puerto Rico Report. PuertoRicoReport.com (2013-05-15). Retrieved on 2013-05-13.
  7. ^ "Puerto Rico governor resigns as promised; successor sworn in". POLITICO. Associated Press.
  8. ^ "Pedro Pierluisi was sworn in as Puerto Rico's governor. His opponents are still questioning his legitimacy". CNN. August 2, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Puerto Rico's Senate files lawsuit to oust newly sworn-in governor". CBS News. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Puerto Rico Governor Vazquez Loses Primary Race to Pierluisi". MSN. Archived from the original on December 16, 2020. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez loses primary of pro-statehood party". NBC News. Archived from the original on August 20, 2020. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  12. ^ "CEE Event".
  13. ^ Rosario, Frances (2021-01-02). "Pedro Pierluisi jura como gobernador en el Tribunal Supremo" [Pedro Pierluisi Sworn in as Governor in the Supreme Court]. El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2020-01-02. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  14. ^ Colón Dávila, Javier (2021-01-02). "Pedro Pierluisi promete un gobierno diverso y libre de corrupción en su primer mensaje al país" [Pedro Pierluisi Promises a Diverse and Free-form-Corruption Government in his First Message to the Nation]. El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2020-01-02. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  15. ^ "Jose Jaime Pierluisi, 28, an Aide To Puerto Rico Governor, Dies". The New York Times. June 11, 1994.
  16. ^ "España condecora a Pedro Pierluisi y Miguel Romero ante visita del rey Felipe VI". 21 January 2022.

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Preceded by Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico
1993–1997
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Preceded by Secretary of State of Puerto Rico
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2019
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
2009–2017
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2013–2016
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