- Hometown: San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
- Role: Legislative advisor to the president of the Puerto Rico Senate
- Years of legislative service: 10
In life, perseverance, hard work and continuous effort are the keys to achievement.
Why did you choose to work at the Legislature?
Motivated by my interest in legislative affairs, I enrolled in a 30-day internship program, which turned out to be a turning point in my career. As a college student, I joined the Legislature at the young age of 18. After the internship, I continued to work for a legislator in the House of Representatives, where I honed my skills and gained invaluable experience. Later, I transitioned to the Senate of Puerto Rico, where I am currently serving as a legislative advisor to the president. This journey has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life.
What skill or talent are you most proud of?
I have a knack for working with complex legislative measures that require a series of significant amendments to achieve consensus in the Senate, which has five political parties and one independent senator. In addition, I enjoy being able to talk to new interns in the Legislature about the dynamics of the legislative process.
What’s the best advice you were ever given?
In life, perseverance, hard work and continuous effort are the keys to achievement. As José Miguel Agrelot, a renowned comedian in Puerto Rico, said: “Encabuya y vuelve y tira” (“Head up and come back and pull”). That’s the essence of success in my opinion, and I carry that motto in mind in every aspect of my work.
Who or what inspires you?
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a source of inspiration. Her unwavering determination is commendable, and as a Puerto Rican, she is a vivid picture of pride and determination for all of us.
What’s one thing you love about your territory?
Puerto Rico boasts the world’s finest beaches and unquestionably serves some of the best food. I encourage all readers to come visit us!
What are you currently reading/listening to/watching?
No matter when you view this, I will always be studying the Journal of the Puerto Rican Constituent Convention and listening to music by Bad Bunny.
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