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Badillo, Herman

Born: 1929 AD
Currently alive, at 86 years of age.
Nationality: Puerto Rican
Categories: Lawyers, Politician

1929 – Born on the 21st of August in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

1951 – Attended and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York.

1954 – Received an LLB. from Brooklyn Law School graduating first in his class.

1955 – Admitted to the New York State Bar.

1956 – Became a certified public accountant.

1960 – Badillo entered politics.

1962 – Appointed Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Relocation, the first Latino to hold such a high position in the city’s government.

1970 – Elected to represent the 21st district of New York, an area that comprises parts of the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, in the U.S. Congress.

1971-1978 – Served in Congress, One of Badillo’s major contributions as a Congressman was a 1974 bill that mandated bilingual education in schools with high numbers of students for whom English is not their primary language.

1978 – Resigned from Congress to take the position of Deputy Mayor of New York.

1990 – Formally joined the Republican Party and ran for mayor of New York City.

2005 – Became "of counsel" to the New York City law firm of Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C.