House Swears in Rep. Torres Monsegur
SAN JUAN – The House swore in Monday Luis Eli Torres Monsegur as the new representative for District 23, which comprises Yauco, Guayanilla, Peñuelas and Ponce.
Torres Monsegur replaces former Rep. Nelson Torres Yordán, who left the House to become Guayanilla mayor.
Torres Monsegur’s vote was needed to pass the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Revitalization bill, legislation that is essential for the utility’s restructuring. The House needs 26 votes to pass the bill and was short on votes because another representative, Carlos Bianchi, had said he would not vote since he is a Prepa employee. The lower chamber currently has 27 members.
At the session were Torres Monsegur’s family as well as Nelson Torres Yordán; Senate President Eduardo Bhatia, Sen. Ramón Luis Nieves and former Rep. Presby Santiago.
After the ceremony, Torres Monsegur kissed his family and signed the document that officially made him a House member.
“This moment is one of the most significant in my life…. Just a few weeks ago, I was doing legislative work for Torres Yordán. I sat here and watched every process, not knowing I would be occupying the seat…. Today, I have the pleasure of accepting this job and will use it responsively to provide the best for my people…,” Torres Monsegur said.
Torres Monsegur is a businessman who also founded an entity to help train boxers, as he is an amateur at the sport.