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Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-1995


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Resident Commissioner
Democrat of Puerto Rico

One Hundred Second Congress
March 4, 1992 - January 3, 1993

Antonio Colorado was born on September 8, 1939 in New York City. He attended elementary school and high school in Puerto Rico. In 1962 he earned a B.S. degree from Boston University and three years later graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law with a J.D. In 1966 he earned an LL.M. from the Harvard University School of Law and was admitted to the Puerto Rican bar. From 1966 to 1968 he served as legal tax adviser to the Economic Development Administration of Puerto Rico, and from 1968 to 1969 he served as the executive assistant to the economic development administrator of Puerto Rico. He began a law practice in 1969, and became a member of the Puerto Rico Tax Reform Commission Subcommittee in 1973. In the late 1970's, in addition to his law practice, he lectured at both the University of Puerto Rico Law School and the Inter-American University. In 1985 the Governor of Puerto Rico, Rafael Hernández Colón, appointed Colorado to the post of administrator of economic development. From 1990 to 1992 he served as Secretary of State for Puerto Rico.

In 1992 Colorado was appointed Resident Commissioner to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jaime B. Fuster, who was appointed associate justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. In the U.S. House of Representatives Colorado tried to address problems faced by Puerto Ricans, such as crime and drug abuse, and requested additional medicaid support for the Island.

He was unsuccessful in his 1992 bid for reelection and returned to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Publications by Antonio J. Colorado:
The First Book of Puerto Rico. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1972.

Democracia y Socialismo: dos ensayos políticos. San Juan: Raices Inc., 1990.

Semblanzas de ayer y de hoy. San Juan: Raices Inc., 1990.

Puerto Rico: La tierra y otros ensayos. San Juan: 1972.

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