Beatriz Argimón

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Beatriz Argimón
Beatriz Argimón PN septiembre 2019.jpg
18th Vice President of Uruguay
Assumed office
1 March 2020
PresidentLuis Lacalle Pou
Preceded byLucía Topolansky
President of the National Party
In office
16 April 2018 – 9 March 2020
Preceded byLuis Alberto Héber
Succeeded byPablo Iturralde
Representative of Uruguay
for Montevideo
In office
15 February 2000 – 15 February 2010
Personal details
Beatriz Argimón Cedeira

(1961-08-14) 14 August 1961 (age 59)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Political partyNational Party
Jorge Fernández Reyes
(m. 2009)
Alma materUniversity of the Republic

Beatriz Argimón Cedeira (born 14 August 1961) is a Uruguayan notary and politician of the National Party (PN) serving as Vice President of Uruguay since March 1, 2020, being the first woman elected to that position. [1][2]

Graduated from the University of the Republic, she also studied human rights, family law, and juvenile law. She served as a deputy for Montevideo Department between 2000 and 2010,[3] and has been a member of the National Party Board since 2009.

Political career[edit]

Beatriz Argimón began her militancy in 1977 at age 16,[3] and after 30 years she has held positions as councillor and deputy of the Republic. She is an advocate for women's rights in the Chamber of Representatives, and together with other representatives has worked to defend the rights of women in need. She was one of the founders of the "Political Women's Network" and the "Bicameral Women's Caucus" of the Uruguayan parliament.[4]

Luis Lacalle Pou (left) and Beatriz Argimón (right) during an act in Montevideo.

During the presidential term of the nationalist Luis Alberto Lacalle, she was director of the National Institute of Minors (INAME), currently INAU [es].[5] Together with Julia Pou, she founded the Acción Comunitaria group (Lista 400 [es]) and was elected deputy for the term 2000–2005.[6] Later she joined the Wilsonist Current, returning to be elected deputy for the term 2005–2010.[7] She became the first woman reelected consecutively in the history of the National Party.

In the course of 2007, Argimón declared herself independent within the PN.[7] In the 2009 presidential primaries she presented her own list (2018), which supported the candidacy of Jorge Larrañaga.[8]

In 2014, she supported the candidacy of Dr. Luis Lacalle Pou for the Presidency of the Republic, having served as one of his alternates in the Senate.[9] She is currently Secretary of the National Party's board of directors for sector list 404. On 16 April 2018, she became the first woman president of the National Party.[10] In the 2019 presidential primaries, Luis Lacalle Pou won by 53% of the votes. He named Argimón as his vice presidential running mate for the October elections.[11]

As of November 2020, Argimón is seen as a presidential hopeful for 2024.[12]

Other activities[edit]

Since 2015 Argimón has been president of the Josefa Oribe Study and Training Center.[13]

She currently hosts a cable program called Diseñarte.[14]

From 2008 to 2011 she served as a panelist on the Teledoce weekday program Esta boca es mía.[3]

She was president of the Álvarez Caldeyro Barcia Foundation, which deals with premature children.

Argimón married Jorge Fernández Reyes on 14 December 2009.[15] She has two children from a previous marriage.[3]


  1. ^ "Uruguay's new center-right president sworn in". Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  2. ^ ElPais. "Beatriz Argimón se convirtió en la primera mujer electa como vicepresidenta en Uruguay". Diario EL PAIS Uruguay (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Beatriz Argimón". LaRed21 (in Spanish). 15 May 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Una historia distinta de la Bancada Bicameral Femenina" [A Varied History of the Women's Bicameral Caucus]. La República (in Spanish). 7 April 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Que nadie se escape" [Let No One Escape]. La Diaria (in Spanish). 4 August 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  6. ^ "González: 'El tema del alejamiento de Proyecto XXI de Alianza Nacional fue el de los ministerios y los cargos'" [González: 'The Issue of the Removal of Project XXI From the National Alliance Was That of the Ministries and the Charges']. LaRed21 (in Spanish). 10 May 2000. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Argimón se aleja de Correntada Wilsonista" [Argimón Moves Away From Wilsonist Current] (in Spanish). El Espectador. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  8. ^ Álvarez, Cecilia (8 July 2011). "Sin que me echen" [Without Being Thrown Out]. La Diaria (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Lista de consenso al Directorio blanco" [Consensus List for the White Directorate]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Beatriz Argimón assumed as the first woman president of the National Party" (in Spanish). El Observador. 16 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Lacalle Pou surprised announced his partner for the October elections" (in Spanish). El País. 11 August 2019.
  12. ^ Ferreira, Gonzalo (27 November 2020). "Ahora sí, empezó la campaña al 2024". El Observador.
  13. ^ "El centro de estudios y formación Josefa Oribe elige nuevas autoridades" [The Josefa Oribe Study and Training Center Chooses New Authorities] (in Spanish). National Party. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Diseñarte y Drapart". El País (in Spanish). 4 July 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Se casó Beatriz Argimón" [Beatriz Argimón Gets Married] (in Spanish). Montevideo Portal. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2018.

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