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Jenniffer González-Colón

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Jenniffer González-Colón
Official portrait, 2016
20th Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byPedro Pierluisi
Chair of the Puerto Rico Republican Party
In office
November 15, 2015 – May 7, 2021
DeputyAbel Nazario
Preceded byCarlos Méndez
Succeeded byÁngel Cintrón
Minority Leader of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
In office
January 12, 2013 – January 2, 2017
Preceded byLuis Raúl Torres
Succeeded byTatito Hernández
29th Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
In office
January 2, 2009 – January 2, 2013
Preceded byJosé Aponte Hernández
Succeeded byJaime Perelló
Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
from the at-large district
In office
January 2, 2005 – January 2, 2017
Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
from the 4th district
In office
February 28, 2002 – January 2, 2005
Preceded byEdison Misla Aldarondo
Succeeded byLiza Fernández Rodríguez
Personal details
Jenniffer Aydin González Colón

(1976-08-05) August 5, 1976 (age 47)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Political partyNew Progressive
Other political
José Yovin Vargas
(m. 2022)
WebsiteHouse website

Jenniffer Aydin González Colón (born August 5, 1976) is a Puerto Rican politician who serves as the 20th Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico.[1] González has served in leadership positions in the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (PNP) and in the Republican Party of the United States. These positions included being the chairwoman of the Puerto Rico Republican Party, speaker and minority leader of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico, and vice-chair of the PNP.[2][3][4][5] González is the youngest person to be Resident Commissioner and the first woman to hold the role.[6]

Early life and education

González was born in San Juan to the late Jorge González and Nydia Colón. She graduated from University Gardens High School and then received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Puerto Rico's Río Piedras campus. During these years she served as the executive director of the Young Republican Federation of Puerto Rico.

She obtained both a Juris Doctor and an LL.M. from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law.[7]

Early political career


González was first elected to the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico in a special election held on February 24, 2002, to fill the vacancy left by former House Speaker Edison Misla Aldarondo, after his resignation as representative from San Juan's 4th District. She was the first female elected representative of San Juan's Fourth District, the youngest member of the 14th Legislative Assembly, and the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Puerto Rico Legislative Assembly. Before being elected as representative, González served as chairwoman of the San Juan New Progressive Party Youth Organization and was very active in the pro-statehood student movement while attending college.

González was re-elected in the 2004 Puerto Rico general elections, this time as an at-large representative. She served as chairwoman of the House Government Affairs Committee and as ranking member of the Budget, San Juan Development, Women's Affairs, and Internal Affairs Committees, as well as the Joint Commission for the Revision of the Civil Code of Puerto Rico.

Speaker of the House

González was re-elected to another term in the 2008 Puerto Rico general elections obtaining the most votes from her party, and the second most votes overall.[8] At the age of 32, she was elected House Speaker by members of her New Progressive Party delegation during a caucus held on November 7, 2008. González defeated incumbent House Speaker José Aponte Hernández in his bid for re-election to that post, becoming the youngest person in Puerto Rican history to be elected Speaker of the House, and the third woman to hold that seat.

Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Puerto Rico

In November 2015, González was unanimously elected as chairwoman of the Republican Party of Puerto Rico after being the party's vice-chair for eight years. She succeeded Aguadilla mayor Carlos Méndez in the position that once was held by former governor Don Luis A. Ferré, founder of the New Progressive Party, and Dr. Jose Celso Barbosa the founder of both the Republican Party and the statehood movement in Puerto Rico.[9][10] During the 2020 Republican National Convention, she was unable to travel to the convention venue due to the fact that she was in self-quarantine after having tested positive to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. She delegated her role of delegation chair at the 2020 convention in Kevin Romero, who became the youngest delegation chair and roll call participant in 2020. In September 2023, Jennifer González announced that she would run in the 2024 primary for the Puerto Rico gubernatorial elections.

House Minority Leader

In 2012, González was again re-elected, this time gathering the most votes overall, despite the fact that her party lost the majority of seats.[11] The same night of the election, she was selected to become minority leader of her party.[12]

Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico



On September 14, 2015, González announced her candidacy to succeed Pedro Pierluisi as Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico. Six days later, one of Pierluisi's rivals for the gubernatorial nomination, Ricardo Rosselló, agreed with her to become running mates for the June 5, 2016, primary and the November 8, 2016, general election. During the ten months the primary race lasted, various public opinion polls consistently showed González to have over 70% approval ratings of the electorate, making her the most popular politician of any political party on the island.[citation needed]

On June 5, 2016, González won the NPP primary by a landslide margin of 70.54% of the vote[13] over her opponent Carlos Pesquera. She thus became the first woman in the history of the New Progressive Party to be nominated to the Resident Commissioner seat in Congress.

On November 8, 2016, González was elected Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, with 48.77% of the vote, over her main opponent, the late Héctor Ferrer of the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico,[14] becoming the first woman and youngest person to represent Puerto Rico in the U.S. Congress since the creation of the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico seat 116 years prior in 1900.

So far in her time in Congress, González has focused on sponsoring or cosponsoring bills related to veterans affairs, health relief and tax relief for Puerto Rico.[15][16] Congresswoman González is a member of the Republican Conference House Policy Committee. She is also a member of the House Committees on Natural Resources, Veterans’ Affairs, and Small Business, vice chair of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs, member of Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and co-chair of the Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus.[17]

During her first two years in Congress, Rep. González-Colón spent a great deal of time and effort on efforts related to hurricane recovery after Hurricanes Irma and María. This included participating in multiple House and Senate trips to Puerto Rico and joining the president on Air Force One during his 2017 official visit to view the hurricanes' damage to Puerto Rico.

For the 116th Congress, González has served in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Natural Resources.[18] Since 2019, she has continued focusing on disaster recovery issues. Her focus on disaster recovery for the island first began after hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, but continued through 2020, after an earthquake on January 7, 2020, struck and caused significant damage to the south and southeastern regions of Puerto Rico.

2016 Resident Commissioner to the United States House of Representatives election[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
New Progressive Jenniffer González 718,591 48.80
Popular Democratic Héctor Ferrer 695,073 47.21
Independence Hugo Rodríguez 39,704 2.70
Worker's People Party of Puerto Rico Mariana Nogales Molinelli 19,033 1.29
Total votes 1,472,401 100
New Progressive hold


2020 Resident Commissioner to the United States House of Representatives election[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
New Progressive Jenniffer González 512,697 41.14
Popular Democratic Aníbal Acevedo Vilá 400,412 32.13
Citizens' Victory Zayira Jordán Conde 157,679 12.65
Project Dignity Ada Norah Henriquez 95,873 7.69
Independence Luis Roberto Piñero 78,503 6.30
Write-in 928 0.07
Total votes 1,246,092 100
New Progressive hold

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

In The Hill's article The Hill's Latina Leaders to Watch, Resident Commissioner González is described as a pro-statehood, small government, pro-business conservative.[28] In the first session of the 115th United States Congress, González was ranked the 19th most bipartisan member of the House by the Bipartisan Index, a metric published by The Lugar Center and Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy to assess congressional bipartisanship.[29]

In 2019, González was one of three House Republicans, along with Brian Fitzpatrick and John Katko, to co-sponsor the Equality Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.[30] Although González could not vote for final passage of the bill due to U.S. House rules, the legislation passed the United States House of Representatives during the 116th Congress.[31]

After the 2021 United States Capitol attack the commissioner condemned the violence and blamed President Donald Trump for inciting the riot.[32] However, the commissioner still supported the majority of Republicans in their effort to remove Liz Cheney from her position as chair of House Republican Conference.[33]

Personal life

On August 24, 2020, during the ongoing global pandemic, González announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19.[34]

In 2022, González announced she was dating then medical student José Yovin Vargas, who she had met the year before during a holiday in La Parguera, in Lajas, Puerto Rico.[35] Vargas, is originally from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The couple married on August 6, 2022, at the Parroquia Santa Teresita in Santurce, Puerto Rico. The ceremony was attended by numerous political figures like Governor Pedro Pierluisi, as well as former Governor Sila Calderón.[36][37] On February 16, 2024, González gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl.[38]

See also


  1. ^ Laura N. Pérez Sánchez (2016-11-09). "Jenniffer González Makes History | El Nuevo Día". Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  2. ^ "Jenniffer González exige entrega de documentos fiscales". El Nuevo Día. 2015-08-17. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  3. ^ "ADENDI". Archived from the original on 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  4. ^ "ADENDI". El Nuevo Día. Archived from the original on 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  5. ^ "Sólida la dupla de Rosselló y González en el PNP". El Nuevo Día. 2015-09-18. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  6. ^ "Jenniffer Gonzalez, Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico 51st". 30 November 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Biografía – Hon. Jenniffer A. González Colón" (in Spanish). House of Representatives of Puerto Rico. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  8. ^ "Elecciones Generales 2008". CEEPUR. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  9. ^ "Republicanos escogen a Jenniffer Gónzalez como presidenta". El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). 1 November 2015. Archived from the original on 15 November 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  10. ^ Hon. Jenniffer A. González Colón Portavoz Minoría (2016-11-15). "Biografía – Hon. Jenniffer A. González Colón". Archived from the original on 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  11. ^ "CEE Event". CEEPUR. 2012-12-29. Archived from the original on 2013-08-04. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  12. ^ "Jenniffer González será la portavoz del PNP en la Cámara". El Nuevo Día. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  13. ^ "CEE Event". Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  14. ^ "CEE Event". Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  15. ^ "Representative Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon". Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  16. ^ "Jenniffer González repasa sus primeros 100 días en Washington D.C." 13 April 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  17. ^ "House of Congress". 26 January 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  18. ^ "Puerto Rico resident commissioner appointed to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee". Caribbean Business. January 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "Election Statistics: 1920 to Present | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives".
  20. ^ "Comisionado Residente Resultados Isla". San Juan, Puerto Rico: Comisión Estatal de Elecciones. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  21. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Archived from the original on 26 August 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  22. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  23. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  24. ^ "90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members". Citizen´s Climate Lobby. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  25. ^ "Rep. Jenniffer González Colón joins Rep. Barbara Lee to lead Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus". Seattle Gay News. 2019-12-13. Archived from the original on 2019-12-16. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  26. ^ Kuznicki, Jen (2017-04-25). "Who are the members of the Tuesday Group?". Jen Kuznicki. Archived from the original on 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  27. ^ "Featured Members". Problem Solvers Caucus. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  28. ^ "The Hill's Latina Leaders to Watch". 15 June 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  29. ^ "The Lugar Center – McCourt School Bipartisan Index" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: The Lugar Center. April 24, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  30. ^ Cioffi, Chris (17 May 2019). "These 8 Republicans voted for the Equality Act". CQ Roll Call. Fiscal Note. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  31. ^ Cioffi, Chris (17 May 2019). "These 8 Republicans voted for the Equality Act". CQ Roll Call. Fiscal Note. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  32. ^ "Jenniffer González condenó la violencia desatada en el Capitolio por los seguidores de Donald Trump" [Jenniffer González condemns the violence unleashed on the Capitol by followers of Donald Trump]. El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). 2021-01-06. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  33. ^ "Jenniffer González votará en contra de líder republicana crítica de Donald Trump" [Jenniffer González will vote against Republican leader critical of Donald Trump]. El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). 2021-05-11. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  34. ^ Peterson, Kristina (2020-08-25). "House Lawmaker González Tests Positive for Covid-19". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  35. ^ Escribano, Rosa (August 6, 2022). "¡Se casa Jenniffer González!". Primera Hora.
  36. ^ Figueroa, Bárbara (April 4, 2022). ""Ya tengo fecha": Jenniffer González ofrece detalles sobre su boda con José Yovin Vargas". Primera Hora.
  37. ^ Escribano, Rosa (August 6, 2022). "Jenniffer González se casa con José Yovin Vargas: "Cuando uno ama y puede ser correspondido, uno se siente invencible"". El Nuevo Día.
  38. ^ Dia, El Nuevo (February 16, 2024). ""Ya llegaron": Jenniffer González da a luz a sus gemelos". El Nuevo Día.

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