Gov. Luis G. Fortuno (SFS '82) Speaks at SFS
On November 23rd, the Honorable Luis G. Fortuño, Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and School of Foreign Service alumnus, class of 1982, delivered a talk at Georgetown entitled “The Presence of Puerto Rico in United States Politics”. The Governor spoke about his political goals and the state of Puerto Rico today, including the unique relationship between the territory and the United States. Fortuño emphasized the need for Puerto Rico to have a place in American healthcare reform and argued for a renewed effort on the part of the United States to connect with its neighbors in Latin America. Throughout 2009, Fortuño was criticized for his bold efforts to deal with the global financial crisis, which included cutting the salaries of state employees—including his own—and the elimination of many jobs, changes he argued were necessary to ensure Puerto Rico’s financial stability.
Fortuño emphasized the role that Puerto Ricans have played and continue to play in the economy, culture, and government of the United States, drawing particular attention to the example of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Fortuño is president of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (NPP) as well as a member of the United States Republican Party. He previously served as Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce. After his graduation from SFS, Governor Fortuño went on to earn a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.