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María Julia Pou Brito del Pino (born (1947-06-10)June 10, 1947, Montevideo), popularly known as Julita, is a Uruguayan politician and member of the National Party (Uruguay) (PN). Pou served in the Senate of Uruguay 2000 to 2005, as well as First Lady of Uruguay from 1990 until 1995.[1] She is the wife of former President Luis Alberto Lacalle and the mother of President-elect Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou, who will take office in 2020.[1][2]

Julia Pou
Senator of Uruguay
In office
First Lady of Uruguay
In office
March 1, 1990 – March 1, 1995
PresidentLuis Alberto Lacalle
Preceded byMarta Canessa
Succeeded byMarta Canessa
Personal details
María Julia Pou Brito del Pino

(1947-06-10) 10 June 1947 (age 72)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Political partyNational Party
Spouse(s)Luis Alberto Lacalle (1970–present)
Luis Alberto
Juan José


Pou was born in Montevideo to Alejandro Pou de Santiago, a physician, and María Eloísa Julia Brito del Pino Bordoni. She has two brothers, Gonzalo and Alejandro. She studied at the University of Paris, but did not graduate. Pou married Luis Alberto Lacalle in 1970. The couple had four children - Pilar, Luis Alberto, Juan José, and Manuel.

During her tenure as first lady, Pou founded Acción Solidaria, a charitable non-governmental organization, which she headed until 1997.

Together with Beatriz Argimón, Pou founded the Acción Comunitaria group (Lista 400 [es]) and was elected to the Senate of Uruguay in the 1999 general election.[3] She served as a Senator from 2000 until 2005.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "El segundo integrante de la familia en convertirse en jefe de Estado". El País (Uruguay). 2019-11-28. Archived from the original on 2019-12-02. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  2. ^ Risso, Elena (2019-11-28). "Luis Lacalle Pou gana las elecciones en Uruguay: quién es el surfista que pone fin a 15 años de gobierno de izquierda". BBC Mundo. Archived from the original on 2019-12-02. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  3. ^ "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 2 December 2019.