Thomas Rivera Schatz

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Thomas Rivera Schatz
President of the New Progressive Party
Assumed office
July 22, 2019
Preceded by Ricardo Rosselló
14th and 16th President of the Puerto Rico Senate
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Preceded by Eduardo Bhatia
In office
January 2, 2009 January 1, 2013
Preceded by Kenneth McClintock
Succeeded by Eduardo Bhatia
Member of the Puerto Rico Senate
from the at-large district
Assumed office
January 2, 2009
Personal details
Born (1966-06-10) June 10, 1966 (age 53)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party New Progressive
Other political
Relatives José Rivera Díaz (Father)
Education Interamerican University, San Juan (BA, JD)

Thomas Rivera Schatz (born June 10, 1966) is a Puerto Rican politician, legal advisor, attorney, and former prosecutor. Rivera Schatz is the fourteenth and sixteenth President of the Senate of Puerto Rico. He is affiliated with New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (abbr. PNP in Spanish) and the mainland Republican Party. On 22 July 2019, Schatz announced that he will take over as acting chair of the PNP following the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló due to the Telegramgate scandal.

Puerto Ricans Ethnic group

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Early life and studies

Rivera Schatz was born on June 10, 1966 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. He is the son of José A. "Nía" Rivera, a past mayor of Trujillo Alto, and Christina Schatz, a German woman. [1] [2] While in college, he worked full-time at the City of San Juan Public Works Department. He attended the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law, where he graduated in 1992. A year later, he passed the bar exam required to practice law in Puerto Rico. [3]

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José "Nía" Rivera Díaz is a Puerto Rican businessman and former politician. He was mayor of Trujillo Alto from 1977 to 1980.

Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico Municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.)

Trujillo Alto is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the Northern Coastal Plain and in the karst zone, north of Caguas, and Gurabo; southeast of San Juan, and west of Carolina. Trujillo Alto is part of the San Juan Metropolitan Area, which includes the municipalities of Bayamón, Guaynabo, Cataño, and Toa Baja. The city is spread over 6 wards and Trujillo Alto Pueblo. It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Rivera Schatz started his legal career as a legal advisor in the Senate and House of Representatives of Puerto Rico. In 1996, Governor Pedro Rosselló appointed him as a prosecutor at the Puerto Rico Department of Justice. After finishing his service as a prosecutor, he returned to private practice, handling both criminal and civil cases.

Senate of Puerto Rico Subnational legislature

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Pedro Rosselló Seventh Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Pedro Juan Rosselló González, is a Puerto Rican physician and politician who served as the seventh Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from 1993 to 2001. He was President of the New Progressive Party from 1991 to 1999 and 2003 to 2008, and served as Senator for the District of Arecibo from 2005 to 2008. His son, Ricardo was the 12th Governor of Puerto Rico, who became the first Puerto Rican governor to resign.

Political career

Electoral Commissioner and Secretary General: 2000-2007

In 2000, Rivera Schatz was named Electoral Commissioner for the pro-statehood New Progressive Party (PNP).

Two years later, Party President Pedro Rosselló named Rivera Schatz as Secretary General of the PNP in addition to his current position as Electoral Commissioner. He served both positions simultaneously until August 1, 2007, when he decided to run for Senator.

Senator: 2008-present

Rivera Schatz ran for Senator at the PNP primaries where he won a slot in the ballot, receiving the second-most votes. In the 2008 general elections, Rivera Schatz was elected Senator. His fellow Senators then elected him to be the 14th President of Puerto Rico's Senate. As such, he selected the following persons for his team:

Rivera Schatz was sworn into his post on January 12, 2009.

Thomas Rivera Schatz was reelected in 2012 and elected for the third time as a member of the Senate majority in the 2016 election with 10.33% of the "at large" votes, placing him in second place after independent senatorial candidate Dr. José Vargas Vidot and followed by Juan Dalmau of the Puerto Rico Independence Party (PIP). [4] Rivera Schatz was elected to a second term as President of the Senate of Puerto Rico starting January 2017. [5] He holds two records, first as the only reelected Senate President during the past 28 years and the only Senate President ever elected as such to non-consecutive terms.

PNP President

On July 22, 2019, Rivera Schatz announced he would succeed Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló as head of the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (PNP). [6] Rosselló announced his intention to resign due to the ongoing controversy surrounding Telegramgate. [7]

Run for Governor

On August 1, 2019, Rivera Schatz and members of the Senate blocked Rosselló's nominated successor Pedro Pierluisi. [8] The same day, Schatz also announced that he will seek the PNP nomination for Governor in the 2020 Puerto Rico gubernatorial election. [8]

Personal life

Rivera Schatz and his father are avid collectors of antique cars. [9] [10]

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  9. Rivera Schatz "quema la fiebre" en Pennsylvania on El Nuevo Día ; Rosario, Frances (October 2, 2010)
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Political offices
Preceded by
Kenneth McClintock
President of the Puerto Rico Senate
Succeeded by
Eduardo Bhatia
Preceded by
Eduardo Bhatia
President of the Puerto Rico Senate
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ricardo Rosselló
Chair of the Puerto Rico New Progressive Party