Currently alive, at 86 years of age.
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.