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Gerardo Zamora

Gerardo Zamora
Governor of Santiago del Estero
Assumed office
10 December 2017
Vice GovernorJosé Emilio Neder
Preceded byClaudia Ledesma Abdala
In office
23 March 2005 – 10 December 2013
Vice GovernorEmilio Rached
Blanca Porcel
Ángel Niccolai
Preceded byPablo Lanusse
Succeeded byClaudia Ledesma Abdala
First Gentleman of Santiago del Estero
In role
10 December 2013 – 10 December 2017
GovernorClaudia Ledesma Abdala
Preceded byClaudia Ledesma Abdala (as First Lady)
Succeeded byClaudia Ledesma Abdala (as First Lady)
Provisional President of the Senate
In office
28 February 2014 – 3 December 2015
Preceded byBeatriz Rojkés de Alperovich
Succeeded byFederico Pinedo
National Senator
In office
4 December 2013 – 29 November 2017
ConstituencySantiago del Estero
Mayor of Santiago del Estero
In office
10 December 2001 – 10 December 2005
Preceded byJosé Luis Zavalía
Succeeded byJulio Alegre
Personal details
Born (1964-01-06) 6 January 1964 (age 60)
Bowen, Mendoza Province, Argentina
Political partyUCR (1984–2010)
Independent (2010–present)
Other political
affiliations
Civic Front for Santiago (2005–present)
SpouseClaudia Ledesma Abdala
Alma materCatholic University of Santiago del Estero
ProfessionLawyer

Gerardo Zamora (born 6 January 1964) is an Argentine politician[1] who has served as Governor of Santiago del Estero since 2017, and previously from 2005 to 2013. He is a member of the centrist Radical Civic Union (UCR).[2]

Early life and education

Born in rural Bowen, Mendoza Province, Zamora's family moved to Santiago del Estero in 1968. He later became a leader in student politics, serving as President of the UCR student chapter Franja Morada at the Catholic University of Santiago del Estero and as President of the UCR's youth wing for two terms. He became a lawyer and continued his political activities.[3]

Political career

Elected to the Provincial Legislature in Santiago del Estero in 1991, he served in the post until 1993, and was elected Mayor of the city of Santiago del Estero in 1995. He became a provincial deputy once again in 1997 and served as President of the UCR caucus until 1999. In that year he was elected vice-mayor of Santiago del Estero and took over as Mayor in 2001 when the incumbent resigned. In 2003 he was elected Mayor of the city in his own right with 64% of the vote, serving until 2004.

Zamora has been a key UCR supporter of Peronist Presidents Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (a 'K' Radical, as UCR allies of Kirchnerism are known), and opposed leading UCR figures' plans to support an opposing candidate to the Kirchners in the 2007 presidential elections. He was elected governor in 2005 on the Civic Front for Santiago ticket, with the support of some Peronists and Socialists as well as most Radicals (UCR) in the province.

From 2005 until 2007, Zamora's vice-governor was Emilio Rached; Rached was elected to the Argentine Senate in 2007, and later broke ranks with the governor.[4] Zamora was re-elected governor in 2008 with 85% of the vote.[5] Governor Zamora sought an amendment to the provincial constitution that would enable a third consecutive term; the amendment was defeated in an October 22, 2013, Argentine Supreme Court ruling, however.[6] His alliance with Kirchnerists had by then led to his break with the UCR,[7] which opted to endorse former Vice Governor Emilio Rached in a Progressive, Civic and Social Front ticket for the upcoming 2013 gubernatorial elections.[4] Zamora nominated his wife, Claudia Ledesma, as the Civic Front for Santiago candidate for governor and she defeated Rached by a 65-to-15% margin;[4][8] the outgoing governor was concurrently elected to the Argentine Senate.

In 2013, his ex-vicegovernor, Emilio Rached, declared that Zamora acts like the "Mafia"

Supported by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in a bid to broaden her support among Radicales K, Zamora was elected Provisional President of the Argentine Senate with the support of Kirchner's majority Front for Victory caucus; he took office on 28 February 2014.[9]

Personal life

Zamora has married twice; he has one son from his first marriage, and two sons and a daughter from his second.[10] His current and second wife, Claudia Ledesma Abdala, has served as Governor of Santiago del Estero and as provisional president of the Senate as well.

References

  1. ^ Europaworld
  2. ^ "Latin American Herald Tribune". Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Nació la hija del gobernador Zamora, se llama Amparo". Diario Panorama. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Zamora's wife easily wins governor's race". Buenos Aires Herald. 2 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Santiago del Estero. Gobernador y Vice". Atlas Electoral de Andy Tow. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Piden que la esposa de Gerardo Zamora sea candidata en Santiago del Estero". La Nación. 30 October 2013. Archived from the original on 20 January 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  7. ^ "UCR:Zamora dejó el partido y no acompañamos". InfoNews. 28 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Elecciones en Santiago del Estero: Gobernador y Vice (2013)". Atlas Electoral de Andy Tow.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Zamora's appointment responds to 'strategic' and 'democratic' decision". Buenos Aires Herald. 28 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Nació la hija del gobernador Zamora, se llama Amparo". Diario Panorama. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by Mayor of Santiago del Estero
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Julio Alegre
Preceded by
Pablo Lanusse
Governor of Santiago del Estero
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Preceded by Provisional President of the Argentine Senate
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Santiago del Estero
2015–present
Incumbent
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