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Luis Fortuño

Luis Fortuño
10th Governor of Puerto Rico
In office
January 2, 2009 – January 2, 2013
Preceded by Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
Succeeded by Alejandro García Padilla
Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
Succeeded by Pedro Pierluisi
President of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association
In office
Preceded by Kenneth McClintock
Succeeded by Oreste Ramos
Personal details
Born Luis Guillermo Fortuño Burset
(1960-10-31) October 31, 1960
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Political party New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico
Other political
Republican Party
Spouse(s) Lucé Vela
Children María Luisa
Luis Roberto
Guillermo Luis
Residence La Fortaleza
Alma mater Georgetown University
University of Virginia
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Website Government website

Luis Guillermo Fortuño Burset[1] (born October 31, 1960) is a Puerto Rican politician who served as the tenth Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States of America, and as president of the "New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (PNP)" until 2013, as a member of the Republican National Committee, served as president of the Council of State Governments during 2012 and served as president of the Southern Governors Association from 2011 to 2012.[2] On June 26, 2011 he announced his plans to run for reelection. He was defeated in the 2012 Elections by Alejandro Garcia Padilla.[3]

In the 1990s, Fortuño served as the first Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce, as the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, and as the President of the Puerto Rico Hotel Development Corporation during the administration of Pedro Rosselló.

In 2003 Fortuño won the 2004 PNP nomination for Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico in primaries against former Governor Carlos Romero Barceló, former Senate President Charlie Rodriguez and then senator Miriam Ramírez de Ferrer. He was then elected Resident Commissioner in 2004, defeating Senator Roberto Prats. Fortuño represented Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2009 in the United States House of Representatives, and served as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference, a Member of the newly created United States House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs and co-chair, with Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), of the Friends of Spain Caucus.

Fortuño later won the PNP gubernatorial nomination by a wide margin after defeating former Governor and then-Senator Pedro Rosselló in the primaries. He then won the general election for Governor by a comfortable margin during the 2008 elections, defeating incumbent Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá. Fortuño holds the distinction of being the first Republican to be elected Governor of Puerto Rico since 1969, and the second Republican governor since 1949.[4] He is also the first Republican representative from Puerto Rico to be elected to Congress in its history.[4]


  • Early life and family 1
  • Education 2
  • Public service 3
  • Private practice 4
  • Political career 5
    • 2004 campaign for Resident Commissioner 5.1
    • Resident Commissioner 5.2
  • 2008 gubernatorial election 6
  • Governor of Puerto Rico: 2009-2013 7
    • Gubernatorial inauguration 7.1
    • Administration, Cabinet, and Supreme Court appointments 2009–present 7.2
    • Notable events 7.3
      • Healthcare 7.3.1
      • Economic crisis 7.3.2
      • Rumored potential candidacy for national office 7.3.3
      • Obama names Fortuño to Council of Governors 7.3.4
      • Elected to leadership of the Council of State Governments 7.3.5
      • Center for Best Practices of the National Governors Association 7.3.6
      • Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Association 7.3.7
      • Commemoration of Quincentenary of the Governorship of Puerto Rico 7.3.8
      • Constitutional amendments 7.3.9
  • Post-gubernatorial life 8
  • Orders, awards and recognition 9
  • Notes 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Early life and family

Fortuño was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Luis Fortuño Moscoso, a dentist, and Shirley Joyce Burset de Mari. He is the eldest of four brothers.[5] One of his maternal great-grandfathers was born in Marín, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain and emigrated to Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.[6][7]


Fortuño attended Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. During this period, Fortuño was an intern at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, D.C.[8]

While in college, Luis Fortuño co-founded the Republican Party. He is married to attorney Lucé Vela-Gutierrez; they have triplets, María Luisa, Luis Roberto, and Guillermo (born 1991) who are now college students at mainland U.S. universities.[11]

Public service

Fortuño entered public service in 1993 at the start of Governor Pedro Rosselló's administration. He was first appointed Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and President of Puerto Rico's Hotel Development Corporation (HDC). In 1994, he became Puerto Rico's first Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce. Fortuño was tasked with the development and implementation of large-scale changes of Puerto Rico's tax, labor, corporate and commercial codes.

Fortuño was named 1996 Man of the Year by Caribbean Business, 1995 Public Servant of the Year by the Marketing Industry and Distribution of Food and Beverage Products Association of Puerto Rico, 1994 Public Servant of the Year by the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce, and 1994 Distinguished Executive by the Sales and Marketing Executives Association of Ponce and the Southern Region of Puerto Rico. He served on numerous boards of directors, including the Ana G. Méndez University System and the Puerto Rico Museum of Art. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Urban Land Institute. In 1996, he served on the Platform Committee at the Republican National Convention, where he was successful in including the support for self-determination and eventual statehood for Puerto Rico in the party platform. Fortuño resigned his cabinet posts after Rosselló's reelection in 1996 and returned to private law practice.

Private practice

Following public service, Fortuño was a partner at the San Juan law firm, Correa, Collazo, Herrero, Jiménez & Fortuño, specializing in corporate finance and real estate law. Prior to joining Correa, Collazo, Herrero, Jiménez & Fortuño, he was a partner at McConnell Valdés. He was briefly mentioned as a possible candidate for Governor of Puerto Rico in 1999 for the New Progressive Party after Governor Rosselló announced he would not seek a third term in the 2000 election cycle.

Political career

2004 campaign for Resident Commissioner

Fortuño decided to seek the New Progressive Party's nomination for the post of Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico late in the primary season. He won the November 2003 primaries with 61.28% of votes and defeated former senator Miriam Ramirez de Ferrer (4.26% of votes), former Senate President Charlie Rodriguez (6.29% of votes), and former Governor and Resident Commissioner Carlos Romero Barceló (25.78% of votes). After winning the primary, he picked up momentum within the Republican Party ranks in the U.S. when he received the endorsement of Ed Gillespie, head of the Republican National Committee. Fortuño was the running mate of former Governor Rosselló, who returned for a third bid as the PNP's candidate for Governor.

In the elections of 2004, Fortuño was victorious (48.5% of votes) over his main rival candidate Roberto Prats (48% of votes) of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP). Fortuño's running mate, Pedro Rosselló, lost his bid for the governor's seat to then Resident Commissioner Aníbal Acevedo Vilá by less than 4,000 votes. This meant that Fortuño would be the Resident Commissioner under Governor Acevedo Vilá of the PDP. This was the first time in Puerto Rican history that the Governor of Puerto Rico and the Resident Commissioner were not from the same political party.[12]

Resident Commissioner

Luis Fortuño meets with mayors from across the island of Puerto Rico in his congressional office (2006)

Upon the commencement of the 109th Congress, Fortuño was elected by his colleagues to serve as vice-president of the House Republican freshman class. He served as vice-chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference during the 109th Congress and as chair during the 110th Congress. Fortuño was Co-Chair of the Congressional Friends of Spain, part of the Hispanic Conference Caucus. House Resources Committee Ranking Member Don Young appointed him in January 2007 as the Republican minority's Ranking Member in the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs for the 110th Congress. Fortuño cosponsored the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007, which would give Puerto Ricans the option to become a US state or sovereign state. In October, 2007, Fortuño filed legislation, along with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) to assure the continued operation of the Arecibo Radiotelescope.

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.

In 2007, Fortuño joined Rep. José Serrano (D-NY) and 128 other co-sponsors in filing HR 900, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act, to establish a self-determination process leading to political status change for Puerto Rico. The bill was amended and approved in a voice vote by the House's Committee on Resources on October 23, a major victory for Fortuño. However, as other political status bills in the past, the measure never made it to the President for his signature.

2008 gubernatorial election

A poll taken before Fortuño Burset announced his gubernatorial bid in February 2007 suggests he is the most well-liked public figure in the PNP. The poll, taken by Gaither International at the request of Caribbean Business newspaper, indicated that Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Fortuño's likely opponent, would fare badly in the general election. Another poll released in May 2007 and taken by Kaagan Research Associates, Inc. at the request of El Nuevo Día, a major circulation newspaper, showed Fortuño with a 46% to 25% advantage over incumbent Governor Acevedo Vilá. On May 16, 2007 poll also showed Fortuño winning a primary election against Pedro Rosselló 49% to 37%.

On February 19, 2007, Fortuño announced his candidacy for Governor of Puerto Rico for the 2008 general election. He faced former 2004 running mate and former Governor Pedro Juan Rosselló González in an PNP primary on March 9, 2008 which he won by a 60% to 40% margin.

On May 18, 2007 Fortuño announced that former Attorney General Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia would be his running mate and run for Fortuño's current office of Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico. Pierluisi Urrutia was a classmate at Colegio Marista, a fellow member of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association and also a fellow cabinet member of Fortuño's during former Governor Rosselló's first term from 1993 to 1996.

On March 9, 2008, Fortuño easily defeated Rosselló at the PNP primaries[13] and became the new president of the PNP and its official candidate for Governor.[14] Fortuño won the candidacy by obtaining nearly 60% of primary votes. Fortuño's running mate and now official candidate for Resident Commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi, also won his primary.[14]

On November 4, 2008, Fortuño became the ninth Governor elect of Puerto Rico by popular election winning by over 220,000 votes, the largest victory margin in 44 years and giving the New Progressive Party its largest victory in history. Also he became the second governor to get more than a million votes, after Pedro Rosselló's reelection in 1996.[15] Accompanied with his victory, the party gained control of the legislature by historic margins and the majority of mayoralties, and with it the power to name 3 Supreme Court judges that for the first time in history would give PNP appointees a majority on the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. With this win, Fortuño would have the opportunity to name various fixed-term posts, including the Comptroller, the Ombudsman and the Director of the Government Ethics Office.

Governor of Puerto Rico: 2009-2013

The Fortuño Cabinet
Governor Luis G. Fortuño 2009–2013
Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock[16][17] 2009–2013
Justice Antonio Sagardía 2009
Guillermo Somoza 2010–2013
Treasury Juan Carlos Puig 2009–2011
Jesús F. Méndez 2011–2012
Harry Márquez 2012-2013
Education Carlos A. Chardón 2009
Odette Piñeiro 2009–2010
Jesús Rivera Sánchez 2010–2011
Edward Moreno 2011–2013
Labor Miguel Romero 2009–2012
Elvira M. Cancio (Acting) August 15, 2012 – January 2, 2013
Transportation Rubén Hernández Gregorat 2009–2013
Economic Development José Ramón Perez-Riera 2009–2013
Health Jaime Rivera Dueño 2009
Iván González Cancel 2009
Lorenzo González 2009–2013
Agriculture Javier Rivera Aquino 2009 – 2012
Neftalí Soto 2012–2013
Family Miguel Maldonado 2009
Yanitzia Irizarry 2009–2013
Corrections Carlos Molina 2009–2011
Jesús González 2011–2013
Consumer Affairs Luis G. Rivera Marín 2009–2012
Omar Marrero 2012-2013
Housing Yesef Cordero 2009–2010
Miguel Hernández-Vivoni 2010–2013
Natural Resources Daniel Galán Kercadó 2009–2013
Sports and Recreation Henry Neumann 2009–2013
Chief of Staff Juan Carlos Blanco 2009
Marcos Rodríguez Ema[18] 2009–August 31, 2012
Miguel Romero Sept. 1, 2012-Jan. 2, 2013
OMB María Sánchez Bras 2009–2011
Juan Carlos Pavía-Vidal 2011–2013
President of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico Carlos M. García 2009–2011
Juan Carlos Batlle 2011–2013
Inspector General Juan Carlos Puig 2011
Ricardo Dalmau 2011–2013
Police José Figueroa Sancha 2009–2011
Emilio Díaz Colón 2011–2012
Héctor Pesquera 2012
Associate Justices Rafael Martínez Torres 2009–2013
Mildred Pabón Charneco 2009–2013
Erick Kolthoff 2009–2013
Edgardo Rivera 2010–2013
Roberto Feliberty 2011–2013
Luis Estrella Martínez 2011–2013
Comptroller Yesmín Valdivieso 2010–2020
Ethics Director Zulma Rosario 2009–2019
Ombudsman Iris Miriam Ruíz 2010–2020
Electoral Comptroller Manuel A. Torres 2012-2022
Administración Desarrollo Laboral Aurelio Gonzalez Cubero 2009-2012

Immediately after the November 4, 2008 general election, Governor-Elect Fortuño began the formation of an emerging administration. On November 7, Fortuño held a caucus of incoming PNP legislators, who chose Thomas Rivera Schatz as the incoming Senate President in an uncontested election and Representative Jennifer González as the new House Speaker, succeeding the incumbent House Speaker, who also competed. On November 9, he announced the appointment of outgoing Senate President Kenneth McClintock as the head of the Incoming Committee on Government Transition.[19] On November 11, he began announcing the members of his Cabinet and other administration officials, beginning with McClintock's appointment as Secretary of State, equivalent to a lieutenant governor.[20]

Gubernatorial inauguration

Fortuño's Oath of office was held in the late afternoon of January 2, 2009, at a ceremony attended by five of the U.S. territory's six living governors, Fortuño, Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Sila María Calderón, Carlos Romero Barceló and Rafael Hernández Colón. Only former governor Rosselló, who did not publicly endorse him, was absent.

Following tradition, the inaugural event was initially led by the outgoing Secretary of State Fernando Bonilla and then by incoming Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock. Among the thousands of attendees of the event were singer Marc Anthony and his then wife, actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Director Janet Creighton and the head of Intergovernmental Affairs for President-Elect Barack Obama's transition team, Nick Rathod. Foreign dignitaries included Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernández and the president of Dominica, Nicholas Liverpool. Following his inaugural address, Fortuño walked from the Capitol to La Fortaleza. In the evening, a free concert in Old San Juan and a state dinner hosted by the new Secretary of State were held.

Administration, Cabinet, and Supreme Court appointments 2009–present

Of these, Secretary of State McClintock, Fortuño's first Attorney General, Sagardía, Police Superintendent José Figueroa Sancha and Corrections Secretary Molina were the first to have been confirmed and formally sworn in.

At the end of his four-year term, Fortuño had retained 5 of the 14 members of his original Constitutional Cabinet, the Secretaries of State, Transportation, Economic Development and Commerce, Natural Resources, and Sports and Recreation.

Notable events


Mitt Romney stated that he would repeal what he refers to as "Obamacare," on "my first day if elected President of the United States." Luis Fortuño's position on President Obama’s initiative has been to side with his Republican counterparts. On February 24 of 2010, he stated in an interview with the local press that Obama’s proposal would have “unfortunate results for Puerto Rico.”

A year later, Fortuño joined with other Republican governors, signing a letter that asked for the "full repeal of the Affordable Care Act."[21]

Economic crisis

In a televised speech on March 3, 2009, 60 days after having been sworn in, Governor Fortuño announced his Fiscal and Economic Recovery Plan which included reducing the government's annual expenditures by more than $2 billion at the start of the next fiscal year in July 2009. Media speculation estimated that a reduction of such magnitude could require permanently laying off up to 30,000 government workers. On May 1, 2009, a mass of workers marched through the streets of San Juan in response to the governor's plan, protesting the government's preparation for impending layoffs. Most of the frustration of the Puerto Rican constituents was due to the then candidate Luis Fortuno swearing that he would not lay off a single employee yet in his March 3 speech he warned that the $3.2 billion deficit he encountered might require laying off over 30,000 government employees.

On October 15, 2009, thousands of Puerto Rican workers and supporters gathered for what organizers tried to pass as a "general strike" over government budget cuts. Puerto Rico's unemployment rate exceeded 16.7 percent in June, 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[22] The Fortuño administration expected the layoffs to propel that rate to 17.1 percent (the unemployment rate for April 2010 was 17.2).[23][24]

On August 26, 2010, teachers unions staged one day walkout to protest what they say is Fortuño' plans to privatize employee pensions, a shortage of teachers and the deterioration of the school system.[25] The walkout was the largest labor protest in public schools on the island since a 10-day strike in 2008 as teachers demanded improved wages and working conditions.[26]

As a result of all the cost-cutting measures taken during his first two years in office, and the approval of Law 154 which imposes a temporary excise tax on overseas sales by major corporation over 6 years in a declining scale beginning at 6% which may be taken by affected corporation as a credit on their federal tax returns, on January 31, 2011, Fortuño signed Law 1 of 2011, the new Internal Revenue Code that provides, retroactive to January 1, 2010, tax relief including a 50% tax cut for individuals and 30% for businesses, beginning with a 7–14% tax cut for individuals and a 7% tax cut for businesses effective during tax year 2010.[27]

Due to cost-containment and revenue generation measures, fiscal year 2009-10 ended with a $2 billion structural deficit, followed by a $1 billion structural deficit in 2010-11, $610 million in fiscal year 2011-12, $332.7 million in 2012-13, with a goal of achieving a structurally balanced budget by July 1, 2013.

Rumored potential candidacy for national office

Governor Fortuño was mentioned more than once as a long-shot potential candidate for nomination for President or Vice President in 2012[28][29][30][31][32] and his frequent campaign trips to the mainland during the 2010 congressional races have been linked to potential national aspirations.[33][34][35]

Fortuño was also mentioned by

Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Kenneth McClintock
President of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association
Succeeded by
Oreste Ramos
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
Succeeded by
Pedro Pierluisi
Preceded by
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Conference
Succeeded by
Mario Diaz-Balart
Party political offices
Preceded by
Pedro Rosselló
Chairman of the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico
New Progressive nominee for Governor of Puerto Rico
2008, 2012
Most recent
Political offices
Preceded by
Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
Governor of Puerto Rico
Succeeded by
Alejandro García Padilla
  • Luis Fortuño at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico
  • Fortuño's official 2008 campaign site (Spanish)
  • Fortuño's MySpace site
  • Biography by CIDOB Foundation (Spanish)
  • article on Dec. 2006 Caribbean Business/Gaither/WOSO pollCaribbean Business
  • General profile 2008

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Orders, awards and recognition

He is also a frequent speaker in forums related to business and conservative causes.[54][55]

Fortuño and former First Lady Lucé Vela moved to Washington, DC in early 2013, where he is a partner with the Steptoe & Johnson law firm[53] in its Corporate, Securities & Finance Group and the Government Affairs and Public Policy Group. He is also involved in Steptoe’s Latin American practice.

On January 9, 2013, Fortuño presented his resignation to the Presidency of the New Progressive Party, and accepted the party directorate's request that he serve as Acting President until February 3.,[52] when Pierluisi was selected to succeed Fortuño.

Luis Fortuno speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Post-gubernatorial life

On August 19, 2012, voters rejected two constitutional amendments proposed by the Governor and submitted by two-thirds of the Legislature for a referendum.[51] The first amendment would have reduced the size of the Senate from 27 to 17 members and of the House of Representatives from 51 to 39 members. While the Governor's main opponent, PDP gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Alejandro García Padilla supported the amendments, most PDP voters did not follow his lead and contributed to the defeat of both amendments, which was also opposed by the Puerto Rican Independence Party and three minor parties.

Constitutional amendments

In 2010, Fortuño created a Commission for the Celebration of the Quincentenary of the Governorship of Puerto Rico, a celebration that began on October 12, 2010 and will extend to November 19, 2011. As part of the celebration, at the tail-end of a Trade Mission to Spain, he led a celebration of the life of Puerto Rico's first governor Juan Ponce de León in Santervás de Campos, near Valladolid on January 21, 2011.[50] He also spoke that day at the Universidad de Valladolid.

Commemoration of Quincentenary of the Governorship of Puerto Rico

The association’s membership is composed of the Governors of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia.[49]

The initiative, titled "Growth Beyond Our Borders," focused on creating jobs and increasing exports from Southern states and territories by the end of 2012 by enabling private sector businesses and entrepreneurs to tap into dynamic and emerging Latin American markets, which represent 550 million prospective clients.

On August 21, 2011, Governor Fortuño assumed the chairmanship of the Southern Governors’ Association and unveiled his new initiative, which served as the organization’s policy focus for the year, to create jobs and spur economies in the Southern region by increasing trade, investment and exports with Latin America.

Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Association

Between 2010 and 2012, Fortuño served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Best Practices of the National Governors Association.

Center for Best Practices of the National Governors Association

[2] On October 22, 2011 he was chosen President of CSG for 2012.[48] On May 22, 2010, Governor Fortuño was elected Vice President of the

Elected to leadership of the Council of State Governments

President Barack Obama nominated Governor Fortuño to the Council of Governors, a bipartisan commission aimed at improving coordination of efforts between state and federal agencies to address matters of defense and national security.[45][46][47]

Obama names Fortuño to Council of Governors

In January 2012, Fortuño endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for President during an event in Miami, Florida and on April 5 Romney spoke highly of Fortuño when asked if he had a list of potential Vice Presidential nominees, stating that Puerto Rico's governor is “a solid conservative and a firm leader”... "and he certainly qualifies as one of the great leaders of our party".[41] He was included in an occasional vice presidential "short list".[42][43] In August 2012, Politico reported that Fortuño "is liked and trusted in the Romney campaign" and "Commerce or Interior are possibilities" for Fortuño in a potential Romney cabinet.[44]

In June 26, 2011 he announced in Bayamón that he would seek a second term as Governor of Puerto Rico. In interviews he said that he will not aspire to a national office in 2012.[38] More recently, Republican consultant Roger Stone mentioned Fortuño as a potential vice presidential nominee to win Hispanic American votes in 2012.[39] In 2012, his name has continued resonating for national office.[40]


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