Ricardo Rossello Biography
‘He’s a person that is capable of homophobic, sexist, misogynist, discriminatory behavior that is really out of the pages of a dictator.’ — Here’s why San Juan’s mayor is standing with Puerto Ricans protesting against Gov. Ricardo Rosselló pic.twitter.com/D7dddP0i6u
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 21, 2019
Ricardo “Ricky” Antonio Rosselló Nevares is a Puerto Rican politician, scientist, businessman, and author. Rosselló has served as the 12th governor of Puerto Rico since 2017. He is the son of former Governor of Puerto Rico Pedro Rosselló.
In 2010, Rosselló founded the political advocacy group Boricua ¡Ahora Es! to advocate for changing the current political status of Puerto Rico. Rosselló supports Puerto Rican statehood. Following several years of political advocacy, Rosselló announced that he would seek the nomination of the New Progressive Party (PNP in Spanish) for Governor of Puerto Rico in 2016. After winning the New Progressive Party primary, Rosselló was elected Governor in the 2016 general election, defeating five other candidates.
In July 2019, Rosselló faced widespread controversy after a group chat on the Telegram app between Rosselló and his staff was made public. The chat included vulgar language, a discussion of the operation of internet troll networks on social media, and an apparent death threat made by Rosselló against Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulín. As a result of the leak, protests were held for several consecutive days throughout Puerto Rico, with Rosselló’s resignation as the main objective. An estimated 500,000 people took to Old San Juan on July 17, 2019, as part of the protests. Rosselló apologized for his role in the chats but stated that he intended to complete his term as governor.
Ricardo Rossello Early life and education
Thousands have been protesting in Puerto Rico, demanding the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. pic.twitter.com/7mIPucD8GJ
— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 21, 2019
Rosselló was born 1979 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the son of Pedro Rosselló, a doctor, and Maga Nevares. His older brothers are Juan Oscar (b. 1971) and Luis Roberto (b. 1973). Pedro Rosselló served as Governor of Puerto Rico from 1993 to 2001. Rosselló’s paternal great-grandfather, Pedro Juan Rosselló Battle, immigrated in 1902 at the age of 23 from Lloseta, Mallorca, Spain.
Rosselló attended high school at Colegio Marista de Guaynabo. He was selected to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiads.
Rosselló earned a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2001 in biomedical engineering and economics. As a college student, he served as president of the Association of Puerto Rican Students at MIT and was the winner of the Dean’s Office award for outstanding leadership and community service. Additionally, he was the recipient of the office of minority “academic excellence” award and was the youngest deputy leader in the International Mathematical Olympiads in 2000. As a researcher in college, Rosselló focused on adult stem cell research. He received a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, from the University of Michigan.
Ricardo Rossello Governor of Puerto Rico
The headlines from San Juan, Puerto Rico are just brutal if you’re Governor Ricardo Rossello pic.twitter.com/hBmaUfttuM
— Gabriel Elizondo (@elizondogabriel) July 21, 2019
Since 2012, Rosselló was mentioned as a potential gubernatorial candidate for the 2016 election cycle.
In 2013, he began organizing a group of collaborators to build what he called Plan para Puerto Rico (Plan for Puerto Rico). This plan would serve as a blueprint to deal with the economic and political problems and Puerto Rico and by being built years before a candidacy, it would represent a more complete and realistic political agenda. In 2014, Rosselló utilized his political platform to perform several protest events against the policies of the incumbent Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla. Some of these events included a march against a proposed Value Added Tax. Rosselló described that he intended to apply a scientific approach to governance. As a part of this, he traveled to other countries and US states to study how they approached various problems in governing, such as Finland, Estonia, and Florida.
On September 19, 2015, he confirmed his intention to run for Governor of Puerto Rico in the 2016 election, and held a campaign rally the next day at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan that surpassed the previous attendance record held by Ricky Martin. At the rally, he endorsed Jenniffer González, a Republican, for Resident Commissioner.
On June 5, 2016, Rosselló won the New Progressive Party primary against incumbent Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, thus becoming the party’s candidate for governor and heading to the general election against PPD candidate David Bernier. He made Puerto Rican statehood the central issue of his campaign, and views statehood as the key to economic recovery.
On November 8, 2016, Rosselló defeated five other gubernatorial candidates and was elected Governor of Puerto Rico, receiving 41% of the vote. He was sworn in on January 2, 2017.
Ricardo Rossello Personal life, Wife, Children
Married since 2012, Rosselló and his wife Beatriz have a daughter, Claudia Beatriz, and a son, Pedro Javier.
Rosselló previously married Natasha Marie Cervi in 2008. The marriage ended in divorce in 2010.
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La directora ejecutiva de la @CTPuertoRico, explica las razones por las cuales algunos cruceros han cancelado sus llegadas a San Juan y brinda detalles sobre la alternativa del uso del muelle Panamericano y el Puerto de Ponce para los mismos. @CCamposTURISMO pic.twitter.com/psT67cQiak
— Puerto Rico Tourism Company (@CTPuertoRico) July 20, 2019
✅Promovemos la creación y retención de empleos. Recientemente coordinamos junto a la Asociación de Restaurantes de Puerto Rico una Feria de Reclutamiento con sobre 2,000 plazas de trabajo. Seguimos a paso firme ejecutando estrategias para #desarrolloeconómico @Sec_Laboy_DDEC https://t.co/yfDRpUHZFO
— DDEC Puerto Rico (@DDECPR) July 20, 2019
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Ricardo Rossello Latest news
Puerto Rico’s embattled governor says he will not resign in the face of public outrage over an obscenity-laced leaked online chat that sparked violent protests but he will not seek re-election and will step down as head of his party.
BREAKING: Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló says he won’t seek re-election in 2020. Tens of thousands of protesters have been demanding Rosselló’s resignation over leaked chats that showed him and his inner circle making misogynistic, homophobic and violent remarks. pic.twitter.com/4Iod1b0df9
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) July 21, 2019
A day before a planned general strike and more demonstrations in the U.S. island territory, Ricardo Rossello said he respected the wishes of Puerto Ricans and would not run for another term in 2020 elections.
He also said he would resign as head of his New Progressive Party but would remain as governor until the end of his term.
‘I know that apologizing is not enough. It is only my work that will help restore the confidence of those sectors on the way to true reconciliation,’ Rossello said in a Facebook Live video.
Protesters said they were not satisfied by Rosselló’s concessions, and pledged to continue demonstrations that have filled the streets of Old San Juan for more than a week.
Hundreds of viewers also posted angry messages on his brief video message.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello said on Sunday he will not run for another term in 2020 elections
- He stepped down as head of his party but said he will remain as governor until the end of his term
- His announcement in a Facebook Live video came a day before a planned general strike and more demonstrations in the U.S. island territory
- He has been facing public outrage ever since vulgar messages between himself and allies were leaked on July 13
- In the online chats, the governor and his allies referred to politicians, celebrities and ordinary Puerto Ricans in misogynistic, homophobic and vulgar terms
- Public outrage sent hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans marching to his official residence in recent days demanding his resignation