Herman Badillo was the first Congressman of Puerto Rican origin in the history of the nation (New York's 21st District in the Bronx). He was also the First Puerto Rican to be elected Bronx Borough President. He served as Deputy Mayor of New York City in the Koch administration and was special counsel for the Fiscal Oversight of Education during Mayor Giuliani's administration. Herman was also Chairman of the Board of the City University of New York. Among his many other "firsts", he was a co-founder of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and of the Puerto Rican legal Defense and Education Fund.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from City College, Herman then finished first in his class at Brooklyn Law School. Herman was admitted to the bar in 1955 and is also a CPA.