Zaida Cucusa Hernández

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Zaida R. Hernández Torres
25th Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
In office
January 11, 1993 – December 31, 1996
Governor Pedro Rosselló
Preceded by José R. Jarabo Alvarez
Succeeded by Edison Misla Aldarondo
At-Large Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
In office
January 2, 1985 – January 2, 1997
Preceded by Angel Viera Martínez
Succeeded by Iris M. Ruiz Class
Personal details
Born Zaida Rosa Hernández Torres
Morovis, Puerto Rico[1]
Political party New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico
Republican Party of Puerto Rico
Alma mater University of Puerto Rico
Occupation Lawyer

Zaida R. "Cucusa" Hernández Torres: is a Puerto Rican politician who served as the Speaker of the Puerto Rican House of Representatives from 1993 to 1996. She also served as At-Large Representative from 1985 to 1997, and as Chairman of the San Juan NPP Municipal Committee from 1995 to 1997. Earned a Juris Doctor from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law.

Previous to being a legislator, Hernández served as a Prosecutor in the Puerto Rico Justice Department. After her tenure as Speaker of the House, Hernández served as Appellate Court Judge from 1998 to 2008.[2] In May 2012, she became the center of a scandal when a photograph of politician Rafael Cox Alomar who is the Popular Democratic Party's candidate for Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico in the U.S. Congress was posted on her Twitter account comparing him to a chimpanzee and with the words "R.I.P. Yuyo". Human rights defenders criticized Hernández for the personal attack against Cox Alomar, who is of Afro-Puerto Rican ancestry, however, in statement she claimed her Twitter account was hacked and that she did not post the offensive image. She later apologized to Cox Alomar and terminated her Twitter account, promising to avoid social networks.[3]


House of Representatives of Puerto Rico
Preceded by
Angel Viera Martínez
Puerto Rico House of Representatives, At-Large
Succeeded by
Iris M. Ruiz Class
Preceded by
José R. Jarabo Alvarez
Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Edison Misla Aldarondo