Jenniffer González-Colón was elected this past November 8th as Puerto Rico's sole Representative to the U.S. Congress. In so doing, she became the first woman ever to hold the office. Ms. Gonzalez-Colón received the most votes (over 718,000) out of any elected official on the Island in the past election.
Ms. González-Colón is a lifelong Republican, who is an ardent activist for Puerto Rican statehood, and equality. She first entered public office at 25 years old as a state Representative in a 2002 special Election, becoming the youngest member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. She then quickly rose through the ranks becoming Chair of the powerful House Government Affairs Committee during her second term and, at just 33 years of age, Speaker of the House in her third term as a legislator.
During her time in the legislature she played a prominent role in authoring, sponsoring, and passing landmark legislation on veterans' services, identity protection, victim's rights, woman’s rights, voting rights, domestic violence prevention, improving the business environment, lowering utility costs, tax relief, and the streamlining of government services.
Her priorities as Puerto Rico’s sole Representative in Congress will include spearheading the economic recovery of Puerto Rico, and securing the equal treatment for Puerto Rico's three and a half million U.S. Citizens in federal laws, regulations, services, and funding. Most importantly, she plans to lead the fight in our nation’s capital to ensure that Congress responds favorably, and decisively, to the overwhelming electoral mandate in the 2012 Puerto Rico Status Plebiscite were over 61% of Puerto Rico’s voters supported the Island’s admission as the 51st state of the Union. To that end, she introduced as her first bill in Congress the Puerto Rico Admission Act on her second day in office.
Her strong voice is already reverberating on Capitol Hill. In just her second week as a Member of Congress, she was elected by her colleagues to the influential Republican Conference House Policy Committee. She is also a member of the House Committees on Natural Resources, Veterans’ Affairs, and Small Business, Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs and Co-Chair of Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus.
A product of the Puerto Rico public school system, and recipient of a Juris Doctor and Master of Law degree (LL.M.), González-Colón also serves as Chair of the Puerto Rico Republican Party, and First Vice Chair of the local New Progressive Party, the standard bearer of Puerto Rico's statehood movement.