San Juan, Puerto Rico , United States
|| February 13, 1962
Nov 14, 2012 11:29pm
|Info||The Honorable Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá was elected as Resident Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in November 2000, and was sworn in on January 2001. The sole congressional representative for 4 million Puerto Ricans, he is a member of the Popular Democratic Party in Puerto Rico and of the Democratic Caucus. In Congress, Resident Commissioner Acevedo-Vilá serves on 3 committees: Agriculture, Resources, and Small Business, in addition to serving as a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he is the Chair of the CHC Livable Communities Task Force. |
Born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico on February 13, 1962, to state Senator Salvador Acevedo and Elba Vilá, Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá attended San José High School where he graduated in 1979. In 1982, he obtained his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Resident Commissioner Acevedo-Vilá then attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, where he again graduated Magna Cum Laude, was elected Vice President of the Student Council and served as Editor-In-Chief of the UPR Law Review.
After passing the Puerto Rico Bar, Acevedo-Vilá completed a year-long clerkship at the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, where he worked under Justice Federico Hernández Denton. Following his clerkship, Acevedo-Vilá earned a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Harvard Law School in 1987. From 1987-88, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Levin Campbell, Chief Judge of the Federal Court of Appeals, First Circuit Court in Boston, MA.
Returning from Boston in 1989, Acevedo-Vilá was recruited by then- Governor Rafael Hernández Colón to be his Advisor in Legislative Affairs. In this position, he was responsible for writing, analyzing and evaluating some of the most important legislation of this period, particularly those laws and regulations that pertained to education and municipal reform.
Following in his father's footsteps, Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá first ran for elected office in 1992. After being nominated in a primary from a pool of 14 candidates, he was elected as a state Representative At-Large for the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. He was reelected in 1996, and subsequent to his reelection, his PDP colleagues chose him to be House Minority Leader in 1997. In December 1996, Acevedo-Vilá was appointed President of the PDP Status Committee. In February 1997, at the age of 37 he was elected as President of the Popular Democratic Party in Puerto Rico, becoming the second-youngest Puerto Rican to hold that important post.
The Honorable Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá has strongly defended the Commonwealth as the status option for the U.S. - Puerto Rico relationship. He has participated in diverse state and federal forums on status, and has spoken at Harvard, Georgetown, George Washington University and other educational settings on the issue of Puerto Rico's status as well. In addition, Acevedo-Vilá is the author of En Honor a la Verdad, a compliation of speeches on issues regarding Puerto Rico's democracy and self-determination.
Resident Commissioner Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá is married to Luisa, and they live in San Juan, PR with their two children, Gabriela and Juan Carlos.