Alumni Stories

Luis G. Fortuño (F’82)

Former Member of Congress, R-Puerto Rico; Governor of Puerto Rico

Location: U.S. House of Representatives Recording Studio
Interviewer: Scott Fleming (F’72)
Producer/Editors: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06) and Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Luis G. Fortuño

When he was in high school, Fortuño participated in a Model UN conference that was held at Georgetown. He entered the Walsh School of Foreign Service in 1978 and immersed himself in European and Latin American policy studies. As a Georgetown student, Fortuño worked on Capitol Hill with his congressman, and in 2004, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently serves as the governor of Puerto Rico. Here, he remembers Georgetown professors Luis Enrique Aguilar, Lev Dobriansky and Jan Karski, and recalls how Patrick Ewing learned to salsa at his place.

After graduating from the School of Foreign Service, Fortuño earned a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He entered public service in 1993 after the governor of Puerto Rico appointed him executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and president of the Hotel Development Corporation. In 1994, he became Puerto Rico’s first secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce. During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, he served on the Natural Resources Committee and was a ranking member of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs. Fortuño is the current governor of Puerto Rico. On April 13, 2010, Governor Fortuño and Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock signed an executive order that provided for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the governorship of Puerto Rico.

Additional Resources

Puerto Rico Government

National Governors Association

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