CONGRESSMAN PEDRO PIERLUISI, PUERTO RICO
Pedro R. Pierluisi has been Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner in Washington since January 2009. A member of the national Democratic Party and the local pro-statehood New Progressive Party, he is the sole representative in Congress of the 3.6 million American citizens who reside on the Island. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee, the Natural Resources Committee, and was also the first delegate ever appointed to the Ethics Committee.Pierluisi helped secure billions of dollars in federal grants and tax credits for Puerto Rico under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and worked to ensure that Puerto Rico and the other U.S. territories were treated fairly in the landmark health care bill known as the Affordable Care Act. He has led a crusade for more resources to fight violence and drug trafficking in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and has important legislative achievements in this area.
Congressman Pierluisi’s priorities include initiatives to improve life for his constituents in the areas of job creation, economic development, education, health care, infrastructure, and public security. Following a November 2012 local referendum in which a majority of voters rejected the current status and more voters expressed a preference for statehood than any other status option, Congressman Pierluisi introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 2000, the Puerto Rico Status Resolution Act, which outlines the rights and responsibilities of statehood, provides for an up-or-down vote in Puerto Rico on the territory’s admission as a state, and lays out the steps the president and Congress would take if a majority of voters favor admission. He also helped secure an appropriation of $2.5 million as part of the omnibus bill for an educational campaign and plebiscite to resolve Puerto Rico’s status problem.
Pierluisi is a former Attorney General and a lawyer with over 20 years of experience. He is married to María Elena Carrión, has four children and two grandchildren.