Environment & Energy Report

BGOV Profile: Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.)

May 29, 2019, 1:41 PM

Darren Soto has more Puerto Rican Hispanics in his district than any other mainland lawmaker, so his emphasis on issues that affect the island as well as his district isn’t a surprise.

In his second term, Soto hasn’t been afraid to mix it up with President Donald Trump on issues like statehood for the island, a territory where residents are U.S. citizens but can’t vote in presidential general elections.

Soto was critical of President Trump’s handling of disaster relief for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria slammed the island.

“The president continues to treat Puerto Ricans on the island — Americans...

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