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Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico
Since 1902, Congress has authorized Puerto Rico to be represented in Washington, DC, by a
Resident Commissioner. Although the office of territorial Delegate in Congress dates from the
Congress of the Articles of Confederation, the office of Resident Commissioner was not
established until after the Spanish-American War to provide representation for Puerto Rico and
This report, which will be updated at the conclusion of the 111 Congress, or sooner as
warranted, surveys the evolution of the office of Resident Commissioner, the expansion in the
authority provided to the Resident Commissioner, and the various approaches the Resident
Commissioner takes in fulfilling the responsibilities of the office.
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Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico, report, March 11, 2008; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc806919/m1/2/: accessed February 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.