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Popular Democratic Party (Partido Popular Democrático, PPD)

BRIEF HISTORY

The Popular Democratic Party (Partido Popular Democrático, PPD) is a political party that advocates for maintaining the current political status of Puerto Rico as that of an unincorporated territory of the United States with self-government. Founded in 1938 by dissidents from the Puerto Rican Liberal Party and the Unionist Party, and led by Luis Muñoz Marín, its founders defined the party as center-left in the ideological spectrum. In recent years however, its leaders describe the party as being centrist.

The PPD is one of the two major parties in Puerto Rico with significant political strength and currently holds the seat of the governor. It also has a simple majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives; effectively controlling both the executive and legislative branch without political opposition. The party also holds more than half of the seats of mayors in the municipalities of Puerto Rico.

The PPD is contrasted politically by the New Progressive Party (NPP) which advocates for Puerto Rico to become a state of the United States and the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) which advocates for the independence of Puerto Rico.

Party members are commonly called "populares" (English: "populars") and mostly affiliate with the Democratic Party of the United States.

Country Profile QUICK FACTS
Leader Alejandro García PADILLA
Founded 22 July 1938
Party Colour Red
Ideology Social liberalism, liberalism, pro-Commonwealth
Seats in the Senate 18/27
Seats in the House of Representatives 28/51
Seats in the Municipalities 47/78
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Country Profile CONTACT INFORMATION
403 Ave. Constitución, 00906 San Juan, Puerto Rico
info@ppdpr.net
(787) 725-7001
Country Profile PPD RESOURCES
Download Manifesto      
PPD 2012 Manifesto      
Country Profile PPD MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Members Name District Party
Brenda López de Arrarás At-large Popular Democratic Party
Charlie Hernández At-large Popular Democratic Party
Eduardo Ferrer Ríos At-large Popular Democratic Party
Jaime Perelló At-large Popular Democratic Party
Jorge Colberg Toro At-large Popular Democratic Party
Luis Vega Ramos At-large Popular Democratic Party
Luis Raúl Torres District 2 Popular Democratic Party
Sonia Pacheco District 3 Popular Democratic Party
José Luis Báez District 4 Popular Democratic Party
Rafael "Tatito" Hernández District 11 Popular Democratic Party
César Hernández District 15 Popular Democratic Party
José "Tony" Rodríguez District 16 Popular Democratic Party
Armando Franco District 17 Popular Democratic Party
Efraín de Jesús District 19 Popular Democratic Party
Carlos Bianchi Angleró District 20 Popular Democratic Party
Lydia Méndez Silva District 21 Popular Democratic Party
Nelson Torres Yordán District 23 Popular Democratic Party
Víctor "Cacho" Vassallo District 25 Popular Democratic Party
José "Pito" Torres District 27 Popular Democratic Party
Carlos Vargas Ferrer District 29 Popular Democratic Party
Luis "Narmito" Ortíz District 30 Popular Democratic Party
Jesús Santa Rodríguez District 31 Popular Democratic Party
José "Conny" Varela District 32 Popular Democratic Party
Ramón Luis Cruz District 34 Popular Democratic Party
Narden Jaime Espinosa District 35 Popular Democratic Party
Javier Aponte Dalmau District 38 Popular Democratic Party
Roberto Rivera Ruíz District 39 Popular Democratic Party
Ángel Matos García District 40 Popular Democratic Party
Country Profile PPD MEMBERS OF THE SENATE
Members Name District Party
Angel Rosa At-large Popular Democratic Party
Aníbal José Torres At-large Popular Democratic Party
Antonio Fas Alzamora At-large Popular Democratic Party
Cirilo Tirado At-large Popular Democratic Party
Eduardo Bhatia At-large Popular Democratic Party
Rossana López León At-large Popular Democratic Party
José Nadal Power District I San Juan Popular Democratic Party
Ramón Luis Nieves District I San Juan Popular Democratic Party
Gilberto Rodríguez District IV Mayagüez–Aguadilla Popular Democratic Party
María Teresa González District IV Mayagüez–Aguadilla Popular Democratic Party
Martín Vargas Morales District V Ponce Popular Democratic Party
Ramón Ruiz District V Ponce Popular Democratic Party
Ángel M. Rodríguez Otero District VI Guayama Popular Democratic Party
Miguel A. Pereira District VI Guayama Popular Democratic Party
Jorge Suárez District VII Humacao Popular Democratic Party
José Luis Dalmau District VII Humacao Popular Democratic Party
Luis Daniel Rivera District VIII Carolina Popular Democratic Party
Pedro A. Rodríguez District VIII Carolina Popular Democratic Party
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