José Kikito Meléndez
José Enrique Meléndez Ortiz
|At-Large Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives|
|Assumed office |
May 23, 2011
|Preceded by||Rolando Crespo|
|Born||December 5, 1973|
Aibonito, Puerto Rico
|Political party||New Progressive Party (PNP)|
|Spouse(s)||Mariel Pagán Ramos|
|Alma mater||Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (B.A.)|
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (J.D.)
José Enrique "Quiquito" Meléndez Ortiz (born December 5, 1973) is a Puerto Rican politician affiliated with the New Progressive Party (PNP). He has been a member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives since May 23, 2011.
Early years and studies
Meléndez completed his elementary and high school studies in Coamo. He then received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. After that, he completed his Juris doctor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in 2002. After that, he passed the bar exam.
In 2002, Meléndez was hired by then-Representative Aníbal Vega Borges to serve as Legislative Adviser to the New Progressive Party at the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. During that time, he also served as adviser to Representatives José Chico Vega and Edwin Mundo Ríos. Also, Thomas Rivera Schatz, then Electoral Commissioner of the PNP, recruited Meléndez as an adviser in electoral affairs. Meléndez continued working for Rivera Schatz becoming his Legal Aide.
From 2003 to 2004, Meléndez also gave legislative and legal advice to Representative José F. Aponte Hernández. In January 10, 2005, Meléndez was appointed unanimously to serve as Secretary of the House of Representatives, under elected Speaker Aponte Hernández. He served in that position until 2006.
Meléndez also works as a private attorney.
In April 2011, Meléndez Ortiz presented his candidacy to fill the vacant of Rolando Crespo in the House of Representatives. In May 23, 2011, he was sworn into the position. He is currently a member of the Committees of Municipal Affairs, Treasury, Health, Public Safety, and others.
Meléndez is married to Mariel Pagán Ramos. They have three children: José Enrique, Enrique José and Enrique André. They live in Guaynabo.
- "Abogado aspira a la vacante que dejó Rolando Crespo". El Nuevo Día. April 20, 2011.
- "Llenan vacante de Rolando Crespo". El Vocero. May 23, 2011.[permanent dead link]
- José Enrique Meléndez Ortiz on CamaraDeRepresentantes.org