Puerto Rico Republican Party
|Headquarters||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|National affiliation||Republican Party|
The Republican Party of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Partido Republicano de Puerto Rico) is the Puerto Rico affiliate of the national Republican Party of the United States. The party supports statehood for Puerto Rico. Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón, resident commissioner of Puerto Rico, is the local party chair. The party is based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Once the Spanish–American War ended in 1898, a wing of the Autonomist Party, an old party from Spanish colonial times, founded The Republican Party on July 4, 1899. This new party favored joining the United States as a federated state and was led by Dr. José Celso Barbosa. The party was ideologically conservative and was seen as representing the island's large sugar industry.
In 1924 the party split into two factions. One faction joined with the Union Party to form the Alianza (The Alliance), a pro-autonomy group. The other faction, renaming itself the Pure Republican Party, joined with the Socialist Party to form the pro-statehood Coalición (The Coalition).
In 1932, part of the Alianza returned to the Pure Republican Party, and the party was renamed the Republican Union. The Republican Union eventually dissolved in the 1930s and became the Puerto Rican Republican Party.
In 1967 a split in the Republican Statehood Party between leaders Miguel A. García Méndez and Luis A. Ferré over the 1967 status plebiscite led to the formation of the New Progressive Party (NPP). The division caused the Republican Statehood Party to be dissolved after the 1968 elections when it did not poll the number of votes necessary to retain its party registration. The New Progressive Party went on to win the 1968 elections.
The Republican Party of Puerto Rico believes in equality and full citizenship rights for U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico, which can only be achieved through statehood for Puerto Rico. The Party supports the right of American citizens in Puerto Rico to solicit membership into the American Union as a fully sovereign state if they so elect. It recognizes that Congress has the final authority to define the constitutionally valid options for Puerto Rico to achieve a permanent non-territorial status with government consent and full enfranchisement. In November 2012 Puerto Ricans voted against the current territorial status and in favor of statehood in the plebiscite held on November 6, 2012. There was a voter turnout of 78.0%, and 61.1% of those voting expressed their desire that Puerto Rico become a State of the American Union.
The Republican Party nowadays effectively functions as the conservative wing of the PNP. Luis Fortuño was re-elected by the Republican Party of Puerto Rico's General Assembly to continue serving as National Committeeman, a position he has held since 2001. He won reelection as National Committeeman in the GOP convention held on May 20, 2007 and once again in 2011 in Yauco, Puerto Rico. The National Committeewoman is attorney Zoraida Fonalledas. The Vice presidents of the Party are Abel Nazario, Mayor of Yauco, and former Speaker of the Territorial House of Representatives, Jenniffer González. The Electoral Commissioner is José E. Meléndez, a member of Puerto Rico's House Representatives.
On November 1, 2015, the 1,235 party delegates assembled in Yauco, and elected Jenniffer González (second co chair at the time) to be the next chairperson of the Puerto Rico Republican Party. At the same time the delegates elected once again Luis Fortuño and Zoraida Fonalledas as National Committee members. Abel Nazario was elected First Co-chair and Jorge San Miguel, Second Co-chair. In February 2016 the party leadership announced the Party would be supporting Marco Rubio for the Republican presidential primaries.
|José Celso Barbosa||1900–21|
|José Tous Soto||1921–32|
|Rafael Martínez Nadal||1932–40|
|Celestino Iriarte Miró||1940–52|
|Miguel A. García Méndez||1952–75|
|Luis A. Ferré||1975–2003|
|Ángel Cintrón García||2003|
|Tiody de Jesús Vda. Ferré||2003–07|
Republican Presidential Primaries 2016 Results
|Candidates||Recent Positions||Logo||Island Delegates||Popular Vote||Senatorial Districts|
|Chairman of The Trump Organization
|U.S. Senator from Texas
|U.S. Senator from Florida
|20 Delegates||27,485 (71.0%)||San Juan I, Bayamón II, Arecibo III, Mayagüez IV, Ponce V, Guayama VI, Humacao VII, Carolina VIII,|
|Other Candidates||0||1,356 total votes||none|
|Official Result by Puerto Rico's State Election Commission|
- "Puerto Rico Republican Delegation 2016". www.thegreenpapers.com. Retrieved 2016-03-07.