ERIC Number: ED331906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Directory of Puerto Rican Elected Officials in the United States.
National Puerto Rican Coalition, Washington, DC.
This directory of Puerto Rican elected officials in the United States is intended to serve as a benchmark of Puerto Rican political participation and to encourage community leaders to run for public office. The survey conducted for this directory identified 123 elected officials in 11 states with Puerto Rican populations of 10,000 or more. Compared with the total population and with other Hispanic American groups, Puerto Ricans are underrepresented among officeholders. The highest number of officeholders is found at the school board and the municipal level, reflecting the urban character of the Puerto Rican community. One-third of the officeholders are female. The age distribution of the officeholders is comparable to that of the Puerto Rican community. Seventy-eight percent are members of the Democratic Party. The following states are included: (1) California; (2) Connecticut; (3) Florida; (4) Illinois; (5) Indiana; (6) Massachusetts; (7) Michigan; (8) New Jersey; (9) New York; (10) Ohio; and (11) Pennsylvania. The directory is organized by state and by the following levels of office: (1) Federal representatives; (2) state officials; (3) county officials; (4) municipal officials; (5) judicial/law enforcement officials; and (6) education/school board members. School board members are organized alphabetically by district name in ascending order by district number and alphabetically by incumbent's last name. Population figures are based on the 1980 Census. One table of statistical data is included. An explanation of the methodology used to compile the directory and a list of eight references are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Puerto Rican Coalition, Washington, DC.