Jaime Benito Fuster Berlingeri (January 12, 1941 – December 3, 2007) was a politician who served as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Justice Fuster, along with Justice Liana Fiol Matta, was considered the leading liberal voice in the Puerto Rico Supreme Court.
|Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico|
January 3, 1985 – March 4, 1992
|Preceded by||Baltasar Corrada del Río|
|Succeeded by||Antonio Colorado|
|Born||January 12, 1941|
Guayama, Puerto Rico
|Died||December 3, 2007 (aged 66)|
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
|Political party||Popular Democratic|
|Education||University of Notre Dame (BA)|
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (LLB)
Columbia University (LLM)
He obtained his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1962 and his Law Degree form the University of Puerto Rico in 1965. He later obtained a Master's Degree in Law from Columbia Law School in 1966. He then received a fellowship in law and humanities at Harvard University. In 1985, he received a Doctorate, Honoris Causa, from Temple University.
In 1979, Fuster was named Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States. He held that position until 1981. In 1984, he was elected Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico to the United States Congress. During his tenure (1985–1992), he served a term as Chair of Congressional Hispanic Caucus. In both terms he served on the Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs, and on the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. In Congress he was a strong advocate for educational and youth programs. He supported numerous laws and bills to give state and local governments assistance for youth service projects and programs aimed at preventing drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse. He also supported the establishment of a Children, Youth, and Families Administration, as well as the establishment of a federal child care program. He sponsored legislation to increase social security funds for families with blind, aged, and disabled dependents.
In 1992, Governor Rafael Hernández Colón appointed him to the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Fuster resigned from his Resident Commissioner position on March 4, 1992 to take an appointment as associate justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. He took the oath of office on March 4, 1992 after confirmation by the Senate, serving on the Court until his death.
Fuster died during the early hours of December 3, 2007 from cardiac arrest. He was buried at Buxeda Memorial Park Cemetery in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His death left the Supreme Court in an unprecedented position with two seats currently vacant.
- List of famous Puerto Ricans
- List of Hispanic Americans in the United States Congress
- Corsican immigration to Puerto Rico
- Federico Hernández Denton, Chief Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court
- Francisco Rebollo, Associate Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court
- Liana Fiol Matta, Associate Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court
- United States Congress. "Jaime Fuster (id: F000435)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Hispanic Americans in Congress: Jaime Fuster
- Supreme Court of Puerto Rico: "Conservative and Slow" (Conservador y lento) - Primera Hora; Oscar J. Serrano; April 2, 2007
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Baltasar Corrada del Río
| Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
| Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Kika de la Garza
José Andreu García
| Associate Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court