Maria Hinojosa talks to Congressman Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner and official delegate to the U.S. Congress, about the conditions for Puerto Rican veterans on the island and the recent federal probes into Puerto Rico’s Veterans Affairs health system.
Pedro R. Pierluisi has been Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner in Washington since January 2009. A member of the national Democratic Party and the local pro-statehood New Progressive Party, he is the sole representative in Congress of the 3.6 million American citizens who reside on the Island. Born in San Juan, Congressman Pierluisi is an attorney with 24 years of legal experience in the public and private sector. He is a graduate of Tulane University and The George Washington University Law School. He began his career in Washington, working for six years as a litigator at an internationally-recognized law firm. From 1993 to 1996, Pierluisi served as Attorney General of Puerto Rico.