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resident commissioner

a representative from a dependency, as Guam or Puerto Rico, who is entitled to speak, but not to vote, in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Origin of resident commissioner
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They send as their representative to Congress, a resident commissioner.

    Citizenship Emma Guy Cromwell
  • All sentences are referred to the resident commissioner for confirmation.

    Basutoland Minnie Martin
  • The state has already erected a house on the bank of Itasca lake, and has a resident commissioner in charge of the park.

  • We may notice a not unexpected coincidence which the resident commissioner apparently omits to mention.

    The World in Chains John Mavrogordato
  • As resident commissioner, Mr. Fisher had powers equal to those of the Governor, and was thus enabled to prolong the contest.

  • Some of these were removed to Basutoland, under arrangement with the resident commissioner at Mafeteng.

  • In 1794 he was in charge of the Melampus frigate, in 1796 he was resident commissioner of Corsica.

  • Sheldon recognized the animals as belonging to the resident commissioner, and he immediately wondered if Joan had bought them.

    Adventure Jack London
  • Now, the next step would be to alert Jahns, down in the resident commissioner's office.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • The resident commissioner, though entitled to be present and speak at meetings, has no vote.

British Dictionary definitions for resident commissioner

resident commissioner

the representative of Puerto Rico in the US House of Representatives. He or she may speak but has no vote
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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