The Honorable Senate of the Argentine Nation (Spanish: Honorable Senado de la Nación Argentina) is the upper house of the National Congress of Argentina.

Honorable Senate of the Argentine Nation

Honorable Senado de la Nación Argentina
2021–2023 period
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, UP
since 10 December 2019
Claudia Ledesma Abdala, UP
since 10 December 2019
First Minority Leader
José Mayans, UP
since 10 December 2019
Second Minority Leader
Alfredo Cornejo, UCRJxC
since 10 December 2021
Seats72 (List)
Political groups
Government (31)
  •   Union for the Homeland (31)

Independents (3)

Opposition (38)

  •   JxC (33)
  •   Federal Unity (5)
Length of term
6 years
Limited voting
Last election
14 November 2021
(24 seats)
Meeting place
Chamber of Senators, Congress Palace,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Alfredo Palacios Senate Office Building

Overview edit

The National Senate was established by the Argentine Confederation on July 29, 1854, pursuant to Articles 46 to 54 of the 1853 Constitution.[1] There are 72 members: three for each province and three for the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. The number of senators per province was raised from two to three following the 1994 amendment of the Argentine Constitution as well as the addition of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires' senators. Those changes took effect following the May 14, 1995, general elections.

Senators are elected to six-year terms by direct election on a provincial basis, with the party with the most votes being awarded two of the province's senate seats and the second-place party receiving the third seat. Historically, senators were indirectly elected to nine-year terms by each provincial legislature. These provisions were abolished in the 1994 constitutional amendment, and the first direct elections to the Senate took effect in 2001. Currently one-third of the members are elected every two years; there are no term limits.

The vice president of the republic is ex officio president of the Senate, with a casting vote in the event of a tie. In practice, the provisional president presides over the chamber most of the time.

The Senate must obtain quorum to deliberate, this being an absolute majority. It has the power to approve bills passed by the Chamber of Deputies, call for joint sessions with the lower house or special sessions with experts and interested parties, and submit bills for the president's signature; bills introduced in the Senate must, in turn, be approved by the Chamber of Deputies for their submittal to the president. The Senate must introduce any changes to federal revenue sharing policies, ratify international treaties, approve changes to constitutional or federal criminal laws, as well as confirm or impeach presidential nominees to the cabinet, the judiciary, the armed forces, and the diplomatic corps, among other federal posts.[2]

There are twenty-four standing committees made up of fifteen members each, namely:[2]

  • Agreements (confirmation of federal nominees)
  • Constitutional Affairs
  • Foreign Affairs and Worship
  • Justice and Criminal Affairs
  • General Legislation
  • Budget and Finance
  • Administrative and Municipal Affairs
  • National Defense
  • Domestic Security and Drug Trafficking
  • National Economy and Investment
  • Industry and Trade
  • Regional Economies, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Labor and Social Security
  • Agriculture, Cattle Raising and Fishing
  • Education, Culture, Science and Technology
  • Rights and Guarantees
  • Mining, Energy and Fuels
  • Health and Sports
  • Infrastructure, Housing and Transport
  • Systems, Media and Freedom of Speech
  • Environment and Human Development
  • Population and Human Development
  • Federal Revenue Sharing
  • Tourism.

Requirements edit

According to Section 55 of the Argentine Constitution, candidates for the Argentine Senate must:

  • be at least 30 years old
  • have been a citizen of Argentina for six years
  • be native to the province of his office, or have been a resident of that province for two years.

Composition edit

Inter-bloc Bloc President
Union for the Homeland (31) José Mayans
Juntos por el Cambio (33)
(President: Alfredo Cornejo)
Radical Civic Union (18) Luis Petcoff Naidenoff
PRO Front (9) Humberto Schiavoni
Federal Change (4) Ignacio Torres
Party for Social Justice (1) Beatriz Ávila
Production and Labour (1) Roberto Basualdo
Federal Unity (5) Alejandra Vigo
Front for the Renewal of Concord (1) Magdalena Solari
We Have a Future Argentina (1) Clara Vega
Together We Are Río Negro (1) Alberto Weretilneck
Source: (last update: 18 November 2023)

The current members of the Senate were elected in 2017, 2019 and 2021.

Senate leadership edit

The titular president of the Senate is the vice president of Argentina. However, day-to-day leadership of the Senate is exercised by the provisional president.

Current leadership positions include:[3]

Title Officeholder Caucus Province
President of the Senate Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Unión por la Patria   Buenos Aires Province
Provisional President Claudia Ledesma Abdala Unión por la Patria   Santiago del Estero
Vice President Carolina Losada Juntos por el Cambio   Santa Fe
First Vice President Maurice Closs Unión por la Patria   Misiones
Second Vice President Guadalupe Tagliaferri Juntos por el Cambio   Buenos Aires
Parliamentary Secretary Marcelo Fuentes
Administrative Secretary María Luz Alonso
First Minority Leader José Mayans Unión por la Patria   Formosa
Second Minority Leader Alfredo Cornejo Juntos por el Cambio   Mendoza

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Sesiónes preparatorias e incorporación y juramento de los senadores electos". Argentine Senate. Archived from the original on 2009-07-18.
  2. ^ a b "National Senate Regulations" (PDF). Argentine Senate. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-24.
  3. ^ "Autoridades". Honorable Senado de la Nación. Retrieved January 5, 2020.

External links edit

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