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Republican Party of

Puerto Rico

GOPPRSeal.png
Party Chairman Carlos Méndez
Founded 1899
Headquarters #1629 Piñero Ave.
San Juan, PR 00920
Political ideology Center-right
Conservatism
Economic liberalism
National affiliation Republican Party
Web Site www.goppr.org

The Republican Party (Spanish: Partido Republicano) is a political party in Puerto Rico, and the state affiliate of the national Republican Party of United States. The party supports statehood for the island. Carlos Méndez, the Mayor of Aguadilla, is the local chairman and the party is based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Luis G. Fortuño, the Governor of Puerto Rico, is the Republican Party's top elected official on the island.

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Puerto Rico Republican Party Chairpersons

Chair Term
Gabriel Ferrer-Hernández 1899-1900
José Celso Barbosa 1900-1921
José Tous Soto 1921-1932
Rafael Martínez Nadal 1932-1940
Celestino Iriarte 1940-1952
Miguel A. García Méndez 1952-1975
Luis A. Ferré 1975-2003
Angel Cintrón 2003
Tiody Ferré 2003-2007
Carlos Mendéz 2007-present
United States 51 star-flag (proposed by U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry)

History

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.

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 in Yauco, Puerto Rico.

From left to right: Zoraida Fonalledas National Committeewoman, Carlos Méndez State Chairman and Luis Fortuño National Committeeman

On September 4, 2008 at Minneapolis-St. Paul Puerto Rico's Delegation gave all 24 votes to the party's nominee for President in the upcoming 2008 election Senator John McCain of Arizona, and the party's nominee for Vice-President, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska.

2008 Republican Primaries

On February 24, 2008, the Republican Party of Puerto Rico held its caucus for the 2008 Presidential Primaries. John McCain was awarded all 24 delegates from Puerto Rico.

Further reading

Trías Monge, José. Puerto Rico: The Trials of the Oldest Colony in the World (Yale University Press, 1997) ISBN 0-300-07618-5

External links

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Republican Party of

Puerto Rico

Party Chairman Carlos Méndez
Founded 1899
Headquarters #1629 Piñero Ave.
San Juan, PR 00920
Political ideology Center-right
Conservatism
Economic liberalism
National affiliation Republican Party
Web Site www.goppr.org

The Republican Party of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Partido Republicano) is the state affiliate of the national Republican Party of United States, which supports statehood for the island. Carlos Méndez, the Mayor of Aguadilla, is the local chairman and the party is based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Luis G. Fortuño, the Governor of Puerto Rico, is the Republican Party's top elected official on the island.

Contents

Puerto Rico Republican Party Chairpersons

Chair Term
Gabriel Ferrer-Hernández 1899-1900
José Celso Barbosa 1900-1921
José Tous Soto 1921-1932
Rafael Martínez Nadal 1932-1940
Celestino Iriarte 1940-1952
Miguel A. García Méndez 1952-1975
Luis A. Ferré 1975-2003
Angel Cintrón 2003
Tiody Ferré 2003-2007
Carlos Mendéz 2007-present
File:US 51 Star possible
United States 51 star-flag (proposed by U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry)

History

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.

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 in Yauco, Puerto Rico.

National Committeewoman, Carlos Méndez State Chairman and Luis Fortuño National Committeeman]]

On September 4, 2008 at Minneapolis-St. Paul Puerto Rico's Delegation gave all 24 votes to the party's nominee for President in the upcoming 2008 election Senator John McCain of Arizona, and the party's nominee for Vice-President, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska.

2008 Republican Primaries

On February 24, 2008, the Republican Party of Puerto Rico held its caucus for the 2008 Presidential Primaries. John McCain was awarded all 24 delegates from Puerto Rico.

Further reading

Trías Monge, José. Puerto Rico: The Trials of the Oldest Colony in the World (Yale University Press, 1997) ISBN 0-300-07618-5

External links


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