Bachelor, University Puerto Rico, 1982. Juris Doctor, University Puerto Rico, 1985. Master of Laws, Harvard University, 1987.
Law clerk to Honorary Federico Hernández-Denton Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, San Juan, 1985-1986. Law clerk to Honorary Levin H. Campbell United States Court Appeals (1st circuit), Boston, 1987-1988. Legislation affairs aide to Governor Rafael Hernandez Colon San Juan, 1989-1992.
Member at-large Puerto Rico House of Representatives, 1991—2001, house minority leader, 1997-2001. President Popular Democratic Party, 1997-1999, vice president, since 1999. Resident commissioner United States Congress from Puerto Rico at-large, 2001—2005.
Governor Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, San Juan, 2005—2009.
Member governing board Popular Democratic Party, San Juan, since 1995. Member of Puerto Rico Bar Association.
Married Luisa Gándara, June 29, 1987. Children: Gabriela, Juan-Carlos.