Commonwealth Constitution : Article V


REPRESENTATION IN THE UNITED STATES


Section 1: Resident Representative to the United StatesA resident representative to the United States shall be elected to represent the Commonwealth in the United States and perform those related duties provided by law. The governor shall provide a certification of selection promptly to the United States Department of State and to the resident representative.

 

Source: Original provision (ratified 1977, effective 1978); amended by Second Const. Conv. Amend. 24 (1985).


Section 2: Term of Office
The term of office of the resident representative shall be two years, except that on the second Monday of January 1990, the term of office of the resident representative shall be increased to four years. In the event that the United States confers the status of member or non-voting delegate in the United States Congress on the resident representative and such status requires a different term, the term of office of the resident representative shall be that required by such status.


Source: Original provision (ratified 1977, effective 1978); amended by Second Const. Conv. Amend. 24 (1985).


Section 3: QualificationsThe resident representative shall be qualified to vote in the Commonwealth, a citizen of the United States, at least twenty-five years of age, and a resident and domiciliary of the Commonwealth for at least seven years, immediately preceding the date on which the resident representative takes office. A different period of residence and domicile may be provided by law. No person convicted of a felony in the Commonwealth or in any area under the jurisdiction of the United States may be eligible for this office unless a full pardon has been granted.


Source: Original provision (ratified 1977, effective 1978); amended by Second Const. Conv. Amend. 24 (1985).


Section 4: Annual ReportThe resident representative shall submit a written report by the first day of March of each year, except that an outgoing resident representative shall submit a final written report by the second Monday of January of the year he or she leaves office, to the governor and legislature on the resident representative's official activities during the preceding year and matters requiring the attention of the government or people of the Commonwealth.


Source: Original provision (ratified 1977, effective 1978); amended by Second Const. Conv. Amend. 24 (1985).


Section 5: CompensationThe resident representative shall receive an annual salary and reasonable allowance for expenses provided by law. The salary may not be changed during a term of office. The staff of the office of the resident representative shall be exempted from the civil service.


Source: Original provision (ratified 1977, effective 1978); amended by Second Const. Conv. Amend. 24 (1985).


Section 6: VacancyIn the event of a vacancy in the office of resident representative to the United States, the governor shall appoint a successor with the advice and consent of the legislature unless the United States confers the status of member or non-voting delegate in the United States Congress on the resident representative and such status requires a different method of filling vacancies, in which case vacancies shall be filled in the manner required by such status.


Source: Original provision (ratified 1977, effective 1978); amended by Second Const. Conv. Amend. 24 (1985).


Section 7: ImpeachmentThe resident representative is subject to impeachment as provided in article II, section 8, of this Constitution for treason, commission of a felony, corruption or neglect of duty.


Source: Original provision (ratified 1977, effective 1978); amended by Second Const. Conv. Amend. 24 (1985).