Republican Party of Puerto Rico

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Republican Party - Puerto Rico
ChairpersonJenniffer González[1]
HeadquartersSan Juan, Puerto Rico
IdeologyAmerican conservatism
National affiliationRepublican Party
Colors     Red

Affiliation to US National Republican Party (GOP) was withdrawn by the National Committee in 1916 but reinstated in 1919. (See Bolívar Pagán's Historia de los Partidos Politicos de Puerto Rico, 1898-1956, Tomo I. (San Juan, Puerto Rico: Librería Campos. 1959.) p. 239. OCLC 1627009

The Republican Party of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Partido Republicano de Puerto Rico) is the local affiliate of the national United States Republican Party in Puerto Rico. The affiliation started in 1903.[2] The party does not participate in the November elections mandated by the Constitution of Puerto Rico for local registered political parties because it is not a registered party in Puerto Rico for local electoral purposes.[3] Instead, the party holds its own elections to select the Puerto Rico delegates to the Republican National Convention and holds presidential primaries on the last Sunday of February.[a]

The Republican Party of Puerto Rico's ideology supports statehood for Puerto Rico. Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón, resident commissioner of Puerto Rico, is the current local party chairperson.[citation needed] The local affiliate is based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


The origin of the Republican Party of Puerto Rico can be traced to the aftermath of the Spanish–American War. Once the Spanish–American War came to an end in 1898, Puerto Rico became a territory of the United States. At that point, the former Spanish colonial-era parties that existed in Puerto Rico were forced to redefine themselves given the new political reality created by the change in sovereignty. On 4 July 1899, the dissenting wing of one of such parties, the Partido Autonomista (Autonomist Party), which had just formed Partido Autonomista Ortodoxo in 1897, founded a party with an ideology of annexation to the United States and called it Partido Republicano de Puerto Rico (Republican Party of Puerto Rico). This new party favored joining the United States as a federated state and was led by Dr. José Celso Barbosa. In 1903 the Republican Party of Puerto Rico affiliated itself with the U.S. Republican Party.

In 1924 Partido Republicano de Puerto Rico split into two factions: one faction joined with the Union Party to form the Alianza (The Alliance), a pro-autonomy group, and the other faction, renamed itself Partido Republicano Puro (Pure Republican Party) and joined with the Socialist Party to form the pro-statehood Coalición (The Coalition).[4] The 1924 split brought Partido Republicano de Puerto Rico to an end,[5] and Coalición became the de facto pro-statehood ideology.


The Republican Party of Puerto Rico believes in equal and full citizenship rights for U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico, and that this can only be achieved through statehood for Puerto Rico.

Republican presidential primaries 2016 results[edit]

Candidates Recent positions Logo Island delegates Popular vote Senatorial districts
Donald Trump
Donald Trump
Chairman of The Trump Organization


Trump 2016.png 0 5,052 (13.1%)[6] None
Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz
U.S. Senator from Texas


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0 3,340 (8.6%)[6] None
Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio
U.S. Senator from Florida


20 Delegates 27,485 (71.0%)[6] All 8 districts
Other Candidates 0 1,356 total votes None
Official Result by Puerto Rico's State Election Commission

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jenniffer González se muestra decepcionada con decisión de Trump que afecta a la isla: La comisionada residente que pide que se aclare por qué se solicitaron 10 proyectos militares en Puerto Rico.] 5 September 2019. Accessed 5 September 2019.
  2. ^ Bolívar Pagán. Historia de los Partidos Politicos de Puerto Rico, 1898-1956, Tomo I. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Librería Campos. 1959. pp. 113-114. OCLC 1627009
  3. ^ The Green Papers: State and Local Government: Statutory Election Information. Richard E. Berg-Andersson. Research and Commentary. Accessed 15 May 2019.
  4. ^ Bolívar Pagán. Historia de los Partidos Politicos de Puerto Rico, 1898-1956, Tomo I. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Librería Campos. 1959. p. 239. OCLC 1627009
  5. ^ Ileana M. Rodriguez Silva. Silencing Race: Disentangling blackness, colonialism, and national identities in Puerto Rico. Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. p. 19. ISBN 9781137263216
  6. ^ a b c "Puerto Rico Republican Delegation 2016". Retrieved 7 March 2016.


  1. ^ Presidential primaries of the Republican party are held in Puerto Rico on the last Sunday of February as long as it does not precede or coincide with the celebration of the presidential primary of the State of New Hampshire. If there is a conflict, the presidential Republican primary in Puerto Rico is held on the first Sunday of March. (See, Rules of the Republican Party. Section § 1324.)

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