Pablo Jose Hernández (PDP, D), a grandson of former Puerto Rico Governor Rafael Hernandez Colon, recently launched his exploratory bid for Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner seat.
The Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico is a member of Congress that is chosen in the General Election. They participate in the United States House of Representatives but do not have a vote due to Puerto Rico being a territory.
The current Resident Commissioner is Jennifer González-Colón (NPP, R), who was elected in 2016 and was the first woman to hold the office.
Hernández has been working as a lawyer in Federal Court in Puerto Rico and in Washington, DC.
He also is the author of Compatriots: Exile and Return of Luis Muñoz Marín and the co-author of Full Sail: Memories of Rafael Hernández Colón (1985–1992). Pablo also edited Towards the End Goal: The New Deal and the Commonwealth: Nature and Development. According to his campaign website, his bid was “a result of his frustration with the disrupted priorities of the [NPP] in Washington during the almost 20 years that they have held the resident commissioner seat”.