resident commissioner


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

Examples of resident commissioner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The New Progressive Party’s candidate for resident commissioner – Puerto Rico’s nonvoting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives – received 132,000 fewer votes than statehood did. Rashid Carlos Jamil Marcano Rivera, The Conversation, "Puerto Rico wants statehood – but only Congress can make it the 51st state in the United States," 14 Dec. 2020 Puerto Rico also sends a resident commissioner to Congress who can introduce legislation and vote in committees but not on the House floor. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "More support statehood for DC and Puerto Rico, Washington Examiner/YouGov poll finds," 3 Nov. 2020 On the day of and the day after death of a senator, representative, territorial delegate or the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico. Aaron Steckelberg, Washington Post, "Who America mourned: Flags at half-staff in 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 The New York Times found in 2016 that Pierluisi introduced legislation as resident commissioner that would benefit at least two Wall Street companies that had hired his wife, María Elena Carrión, for financial advice. Patricia Mazzei,, "Puerto Rico governor names Pedro Pierluisi as his possible successor," 31 July 2019 If that were to occur, one possible candidate would be Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner in Congress, who has been talked about as running for the seat in 2020. Alejandra Rosa, New York Times, "Puerto Rico Supreme Court Ousts New Governor and Another Is Sworn In," 7 Aug. 2019 Scott’s campaign on Monday released statements of support for the Florida governor from Puerto Rico’s lieutenant governor, resident commissioner to the U.S. Congress, secretary of state, Senate president and House speaker. Mike Schneider, The Seattle Times, "Puerto Rico governor endorses Democrats in Florida," 1 Oct. 2018 In congress, Puerto Rico is currently represented by a nonvoting resident commissioner. 2. Morgan Greene,, "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

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First Known Use of resident commissioner

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Resident commissioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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