Luis Antonio Hierro López

Luis Antonio Hierro López (born June 6, 1947) is a Uruguayan politician and diplomat who served as the 13th vice president of Uruguay from 2000 to 2005 under Jorge Batlle.

Luis Hierro López
Luis Hierro en entrevista.jpg
13th Vice President of Uruguay
In office
1 March 2000 – 1 March 2005
PresidentJorge Batlle
Preceded byHugo Fernández Faingold
Succeeded byRodolfo Nin Novoa
Uruguay Ambassador to Peru
Assumed office
22 March 2021
Preceded byCarlos Barros
Minister of the Interior of Uruguay
In office
2 February 1998 – 9 October 1998
Preceded byDidier Opertti
Succeeded byGuillermo Stirling
Senator of Uruguay
In office
15 February 1995 – 15 February 2000
President of the Chamber of Representatives
In office
1 March 1989 – 15 February 1990
Representative of Uruguay
for Montevideo
In office
14 February 1985 – 15 February 1995
Personal details
Luis Antonio Hierro López

(1947-01-06) 6 January 1947 (age 76)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Political partyColorado Party
SpouseLigia Almitrán Penza
Alma materInstituto de Profesores Artigas

Born into a political family, his father was Luis Hierro Gambardella, former Minister of Education and Culture and Parliamentarian, while his grandfather, Luis Hierro Rivera, was National Representative. Member of the Colorado Party, Hierro López served as National Representative, Senator and as Ministry of the Interior. He also served as President of the Chamber of Representatives the fifth session of the 42nd Legislature.[1] In November 2020, he was approved by the Senate as Ambassador of Uruguay to the Republic of Peru,[2] and on March 22, 2021 he delivered the credentials to President Francisco Sagasti.[3]

Vice President of UruguayEdit

Hierro López was Vice President of Uruguay from 2000 to 2005, under the Presidency of Jorge Batlle. Hierro was the thirteenth person to hold the office, which dates from 1934, when Alfredo Navarro became the inaugural holder.

Subsequent eventsEdit

He was succeeded in 2005 as Vice President by Rodolfo Nin Novoa.

While among the more experienced members of the Colorado Party to have held office, Hierro López has been somewhat eclipsed within the party by the activities of Pedro Bordaberry Herrán, whose 'Vamos Uruguay' grouping (see: Pedro Bordaberry#Formation of Vamos Uruguay) has drawn supporters away from older, more traditional figures such as Hierro López. Both of them are candidates for the Presidency for the Colorado Party in the next elections in 2009,[4] but polls in late 2008, assumed to be broadly accurate, showed Bordaberry as the runaway favourite for the nomination, with Hierro trailing badly. Hierro has also suffered the loss of personal support from among former close party colleagues, including Ope Pasquet Iribarne, who in 2007 endorsed Pedro Bordaberry's 'Vamos Uruguay' grouping.

Resignation of Interior minister TournéEdit

In June 2009 Interior Minister Daisy Tourné, of the Broad Front Alliance, made a speech in which she referred to Hierro López as a 'donkey' and to former President Luis Alberto Lacalle de Herrera in terms widely regarded as obscenely indiscreet. The Minister's resignation followed the controversy which ensued.[5]

Hierro provokes election tensions within the Colorado partyEdit

In an effort to bolster his candidacy, in June 2009 Hierro publicly attempted to discredit fellow candidate Pedro Bordaberry Herrán by suggesting that his surname was a hindrance to his bid for office; in a muted response, Bordaberry - a former government colleague of his - wished him well and recalled that Hierro himself had campaigned for him during municipal elections some years previously.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Luis Hierro López, Curriculum Vitae" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ marbelo (2020-11-20). "SESIÓN DE SENADO". Parlamento del Uruguay (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  3. ^ PERÚ, Empresa Peruana de Servicios Editoriales S. A. EDITORA. "Jefe de Estado recibe cartas credenciales de seis embajadores". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  4. ^ "Teledoce".
  5. ^
  6. ^ 'La República', 16 June 2009

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Political offices
Preceded by Vice President of Uruguay
Succeeded by