The election for Resident Commissioner to the United States House of Representatives took place on November 5, 1996, the same day as the larger Puerto Rican general election and the United States elections, 1996.
- Carlos Romero Barcelo for the New Progressive Party
- Celeste Benítez for the Popular Democratic Party
- Manuel Rodríguez Orellana for the Puerto Rican Independence Party
|New Progressive||Carlos Romero Barcelo ( inc.)||973,654||50.02|
|Popular Democratic||Celeste Benítez||904,048||46.44|
|Puerto Rican Independence||Manuel Rodríguez Orellana||68,827||3.54|
|New Progressive hold|