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The political party strength in Puerto Rico has been held by different political parties in the history of Puerto Rico. Today, only two parties hold a significant political strength, namely:

  • the Popular Democratic Party which is currently in power and holds about 47% of the popular vote while advocating for maintaining the current political status of Puerto Rico as that of an unincorporated territory of the United States with self-government, and
  • the New Progressive Party which holds about 47% of the popular vote while advocating for Puerto Rico to become a state of the United States.
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Political party strength in Puerto Rico as of 2012.

Other parties also hold a minority of the popular vote, namely:

  • the Puerto Rican Independence Party which holds about 2.5% of the popular vote while advocating for the independence of Puerto Rico,
  • the Working People's Party of Puerto Rico which holds about 1% of the popular vote while advocating for the working class,
  • the Movimiento Unión Soberanista which holds about 0.5% of the popular vote while advocating for the sovereignty of Puerto Rico, and
  • the Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Party which holds about 0.3% of the popular vote while advocating for green politics.

At the national level residents of Puerto Rico also have local chapters affiliated with the different political parties in the United States, being the Democratic Party and the Republican Party the local affiliations with significant representation in the island.

Historical data

The following table indicates the party of elected officials in the United States insular area of Puerto Rico after 1898:

The table also indicates the historical party composition in the territorial or Commonwealth:

  • Senate
  • House of Representatives
  • Territory delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives

The Puerto Rican parties are as follows: Alianza Puertorriqueña (AP),       Republican-Socialist Coalition (C), Christian Action (CA), Estadista (E), Estadista Puertorriqueño (EP),       Estadista Republicano (ER),       Puerto Rican Independence (PIP),       Liberal Party (L),       Nonpartisan (NP), Partido Histórico (PH),       New Progressive (PNP),       Popular Democratic (PPD),       Republicano Puertorriqueño (RP),       Socialist (S),       Socialista-Constitucional (SC),       Union of Puerto Rico (U), Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP), Puerto Rican Union Party (PUP) and       Unión Republicana-Progresista (URP). Elected officials' United States party affiliations are as follows:       Democratic (D) and       Republican (R).

For a particular year, the noted partisan composition is that which either took office during that year or which maintained the office throughout the entire year. Only changes made outside of regularly scheduled elections are noted as affecting the partisan composition during a particular year. Shading is determined by the final result of any mid-cycle changes in partisan affiliation.

Year Executive office Legislative Assembly U.S. House
Governor Senate House
1901 appointed under United States colonial administration unknown Federico Degetau (RP/R)
1902
1903
1904
1905 U majority Tulio Larrínaga (U)
1906
1907
1908
1909
1910
1911 Luis Muñoz Rivera (U)
1912
1913
1914
1915
1916
1917 13U, 5RP, 1S unknown Felix Cordova Davila (U)
1918
1919
1920
1921 15U, 3RP, 1S
1922
1923
1924
1925 17AP, 2U
1926
1927
1928
1929 11AP, 7SC, 1PH
1930
1931
1932
José Lorenzo Pesquera (NP)
1933 14C, 5L C majority Santiago Iglesias (C/R)
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939 Bolívar Pagán (C/R)
1940
1941 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|10PPD, 9U
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|PPD majority
1942
1943
1944
1945 rowspan=5
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|17PPD, 1URP, 1S
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Jesús T. Piñero (PPD/D)
1946
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Antonio Fernós-Isern (PPD/D)
1947
1948
1949 rowspan=16
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Luis Muñoz Marín (PPD)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|17PPD, 1S, 1EP
1950
1951
1952
1953 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|23PPD, 5IP, 3E, 1ER
1954
1955
1956
1957 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|22PPD, 6ER, 3IP
1958
1959
1960
1961 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|23PPD, 9ER, 1CA
1962
1963
1964
1965 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Roberto Sánchez Vilella (PPD)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|23PPD, 9ER
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Santiago Polanco Abreu (PPD/D)
1966
1967
1968
1969 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Luis A. Ferré (PNP)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|15PPD, 12PNP
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|28PNP, 23PPD
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Jorge Luis Córdova Díaz (PNP/R) (but caucused with D in Congress)
1970
1971
1972
1973 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Rafael Hernández Colón (PPD)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|20PPD, 6PNP, 1IP
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|PPD majority
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Jaime Benítez (PPD/D)
1974
1975
1976
1977 rowspan=8
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Carlos Romero Barceló (PNP/R, PNP/D)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|14PNP, 13PPD
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|PNP majority
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Baltasar Corrada del Río (PNP/D) (later R)
1978
1979
1980
1981 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|15PPD, 12PNP
PNP—PPD tie
1982
1983
1984
1985 rowspan=9
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Rafael Hernández Colón (PPD)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|18PPD, 8PNP, 1IP
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|PPD majority
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Jaime Fuster (PPD/D)
1986
1987
1988
1989 rowspan=5
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|18PPD, 8PNP, 1IP
1990
1991
1992
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Antonio Colorado (PPD/D)
1993 rowspan=8
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Pedro Rosselló (PNP/D)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|20PNP, 8PPD, 1IP
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|PNP majority
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Carlos Romero Barceló (PNP/D)
1994
1995
1996
1997 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|19PNP, 8PPD, 1PIP
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|37PNP, 16PPD, 1PIP
1998
1999
2000
2001 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Sila María Calderón (PPD/D)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|19PPD, 8PNP, 1PIP
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|29PPD, 21PNP, 1PIP
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Aníbal Acevedo Vilá (PPD/D)
2002
2003
2004
2005 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Aníbal Acevedo Vilá (PPD/D)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|17PNP, 9PPD, 1PIP
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|32PNP, 18PPD, 1PIP
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Luis Fortuño (PNP/R)
2006
2007
2008
2009 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Luis Fortuño (PNP/R)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|22PNP, 9PPD
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|37PNP, 17PPD
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Pedro Pierluisi (PNP/D)
2010
2011
2012
2013 rowspan=4
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Alejandro García Padilla (PPD)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|18PPD, 8PNP, 1PIP
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|28PPD, 23PNP
2014
2015
2016
2017 rowspan=1
  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Ricky Rosselló (PNP/D)
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|21PNP, 4PPD, 1PIP, 1I
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|34PNP, 16PPD, 1PIP
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  1. REDIRECT Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Jenniffer González (PNP/R)
Year Governor Senate House U.S. House
Executive office Legislative Assembly

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