Definition of resident commissioner in English:

resident commissioner


  • A delegate elected to represent Puerto Rico in the US House of Representatives. They are able to speak in the House and serve on committees, but may not vote.

    • ‘At National level, a resident commissioner was charged with the overall coordination of provinces and districts while the minister of Local Government was responsible for local government administration.’
    • ‘Puerto Rico's lone representative to that body, a resident commissioner in the House, has voice but no vote except in committees.’
    • ‘The island is represented in the U.S House of Representatives by a resident commissioner, which for many years was a nonvoting position.’
    • ‘Aside from the nonvoting resident commissioner, Puerto Ricans lack representation in Congress.’
    • ‘An elected resident commissioner represents the island in the U.S. Congress but has no vote.’