María de Lourdes Ramos Rivera

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Lourdes Ramos
Speaker pro tempore of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
Acting
In office
August 14, 2017 – January 2018
Preceded byPichy Torres
Succeeded byPichy Torres
Majority Whip of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
In office
January 2, 2005 – January 2, 2009
Preceded byHéctor Ferrer
Succeeded byAngel Pérez Otero
Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
from the at-large district
Assumed office
January 2, 2004
In office
January 2, 1997 – January 2, 2001
Personal details
Born
María de Lourdes Ramos Rivera

(1960-08-06) August 6, 1960 (age 58)
Juncos, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Political partyNew Progressive
Other political
affiliations
Republican
EducationUniversity of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (BA)

Maria de Lourdes Ramos Rivera is a Puerto Rican politician who currently serves in the Puerto Rican House of Representatives, elected at-large from March 26, 1996 – January 2, 2001 and from January 2, 2005 to the present.[1]

Early years and studies[edit]

Ramos was born in Juncos, Puerto Rico on August 6, 1960. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico, with a major as Executive Secretary.

Public service[edit]

Ramos began her career as Secretary of the Municipal Assembly of Juncos. In 1991, she was appointed as member of the Women's Affair Commission by then Governor Pedro Rosselló.

Political career[edit]

In 1995, Ramos successfully presented her candidacy to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico due to the resignation of Representative Jorge L. Navarro Alicea. Ramos was sworn in on March 26, 1996 as a Representative At-large under the New Progressive Party (PNP), becoming the first female from Juncos to occupy the position.

Ramos was officially elected in the 1996 general election, where she was the representative who received the most votes of all 11 winning candidates.[2] In 1997, the Citizen Action Committee of Carolina gave her the Jesús T. Piñero Award. Still, after one term, Ramos was defeated for re-election at the 2000 general election, where she was the candidate with the fewest votes.[3]

Ramos returned to the House of Representatives in 2004.[4] After being sworn in, she was selected by her party as Majority Whip for that term.

After being reelected in 2008, Ramos was appointed to preside the House Retirement Systems Committee. She was also a member of the House Government, Municipal Affairs, Consumer Affairs, and Education and Cooperativism Committees.[5]

Ramos was reelected for a fourth term in 2012.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hon. María de Lourdes Ramos Rivera". Puerto Rican House of Representatives. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Elecciones Generales 1996: Representantes por Acumulación". CEEPUR.
  3. ^ "Elecciones Generales 2000: Escrutinio de Representantes". CEEPUR. November 19, 2000.
  4. ^ "Representantes por Acumulación, Resultados Isla, Elecciones Generales 2004". CEEPUR. Archived from the original on 2012-10-05.
  5. ^ "Hon. María de Lourdes Ramos Rivera". Puerto Rican House of Representatives. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Representantes por Acumulación, Elecciones Generales 2012". CEEPUR. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15.
House of Representatives of Puerto Rico
Preceded by
Héctor Ferrer
Majority Whip of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Angel Pérez Otero
Preceded by
Pichy Torres
Speaker pro tempore of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
Acting

2017–2018
Succeeded by
Pichy Torres