STATE GOVERNMENT, WAGERING, TOURISM AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Ms. Cruz-Perez joined the Senate in December 2014, filling a vacancy, and won a special election in 2015 to complete the term. She won a full term in 2017. She served in the Assembly from 1995 to 2010.
The senator was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She studied at the University of Puerto Rico while working for the Popular Democratic Party. In 1981, she joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Mainz, Germany. She continued her education while in the military by studying at the U.S. Quartermaster School, Big Bend Community College, Temple University and the University of Maryland’s overseas division. She was honorably discharged in 1987.