resident commissioner

noun

Definition of resident commissioner 

1 : a nonvoting representative of a dependency in the U.S. House of Representatives

2 : a resident administrator in a British colony or possession

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In congress, Puerto Rico is currently represented by a nonvoting resident commissioner. 2. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "After viral video, a refresher course: 5 things to know about Puerto Rico," 10 July 2018 Jenniffer González has been the resident commissioner since January 3, 2017. Cnn Library, CNN, "Puerto Rico Fast Facts," 31 May 2018 The most important proponent of rebuilding Puerto Rico in addition to Luis Gutiérrez and Nydia Velázquez and the resident commissioner from the island is Senator Bernie Sanders [who has endorsed Garcia]. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "‘Chuy’ García vows to keep fighting Chicago machine from Congress," 13 Mar. 2018 There is no chance that Congress will accept the credentials of the shadow delegation and seat them as representatives of Puerto Rico, which currently has a nonvoting resident commissioner who can participate in congressional debates. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "Advocates of Puerto Rico Statehood Plan to Demand Representation," 9 Jan. 2018 What Puerto Rico, like Washington, DC, does have is a resident commissioner -- a non-voting liaison to Congress who has some of the benefits of being a member but who cannot vote. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "Puerto Ricans are Americans, too! But they live in a 'zombie state'," 3 Oct. 2017 Puerto Ricans in the island do vote for a resident commissioner who represents the island's interests in Washington, D.C., but is not a voting member of Congress. Sandra Lilley, NBC News, "Puerto Rico Is Part Of the U.S.: Here’s A Few Things to Know," 3 Oct. 2017 Pence was joined by his wife, Karen; Florida’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio, and Puerto Rican resident commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón. Anita Kumar, miamiherald, "A day before Caribbean trip, Pence meets newly arrived Puerto Ricans in Orlando," 5 Oct. 2017 Still, the Puerto Rican resident commissioner, the territory's non-voting member of the House, caucuses with Republicans. Ryan Struyk, CNN, "Here's what would happen to US politics if Puerto Rico became a state," 14 Oct. 2017

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1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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