Puerto Rico Gov.-elect Luis FortuAo has designated Senate President Kenneth Davison McClintock, 51, as the U.S. territory's Secretary of State, the only cabinet appointment that requires the advice and consent of both houses of Puerto Rico's Legislative Assembly.
McClintock, who also will fulfill the role of lieutenant governor as secretary of state, said he is "deeply honored by the designation and the trust that Governor-elect FortuAo places in me."
McClintock is no stranger to state government.
McClintock, a graduate of Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, has extensive experience in the Puerto Rican government and has been one of its most visual and vocal spokespersons for the island on the mainland and internationally.
McClintock served 16 years in the Puerto Rico Senate and as Senate President for the last four years. He has aggressively advocated in Washington for Puerto Rico to become the 51st state. He was the first Hispanic chairman of The Council of State Governments in 1999 and the second President of the Parliamentary Conference of the Americas in 2000.