Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente was a 2018 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming. He was defeated in those states' primary elections. The United States Constitution does not establish specific residency requirements for United States senators, stipulating only that a senator must be an "inhabitant of the state for which he shall be chosen." Residency requirements vary by state.
De La Fuente was a 2016 Reform Party candidate for president of the United States. He previously sought the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. De La Fuente was also a 2016 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Florida.
De La Fuente was born in San Diego, California, in 1954. He studied physics and mathematics at Instituto Patria and business administration and accounting at Anáhuac University and the University of San Diego. After his studies, De La Fuente entered the car dealers industry, beginning as a salesman and eventually acquiring 28 car franchises in California.
He then transitioned to the financial industry and real estate development, opening 11 currency exchanges, three banks, and assisted living facilities in Los Angeles and Lemon Grove. De La Fuente also owns properties throughout California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. He served as an at-large delegate for California at the Democratic National Convention in 1992. De La Fuente has five children.