Miguel Pereira Castillo

Miguel A. Pereira Castillo (born September 26, 1947) is a Puerto Rican politician, attorney, and public servant. Throughout his career, he has served in various government positions like Director of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority, Superintendent of the Puerto Rico Police Department and Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. In 2012, he was elected to the Senate of Puerto Rico for the District of Guayama.

Miguel Pereira
Member of Puerto Rican Senate
from at-large district
Assumed office
January 2, 2017
Senate of Puerto Rico Guayama District
In office
January 2, 2013 – January 2, 2017
GovernorAlejandro García Padilla
Secretary of Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
In office
November 2, 2003 – January 1, 2009
GovernorSila Calderón
Anibal Acevedo Vilá
Succeeded byCarlos Molina
Superintendent of the Puerto Rico Police Department
In office
May 14, 2002 – November 1, 2003
GovernorSila Calderón
Preceded byPierre Vivoni del Valle
Succeeded byVíctor Rivera González
Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority
In office
January 2, 2001 – 2002
GovernorSila Calderón
Personal details
Born (1947-09-26) September 26, 1947 (age 72)
Cayey, Puerto Rico
Political partyPopular Democratic Party (PPD)
Alma materUniversity of Puerto Rico
AwardsPurple Heart
Silver Star
Airman's Medal
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceSeal of the United States Department of the Air Force.svg United States Air Force
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/warsVietnam War

He is married to Public Relations Practitioner, Annie Bird.

Early years and studiesEdit

Miguel Pereira Castillo was born on September 26, 1947 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. His parents were two schoolteachers, Miguel and Gilda.[1] Pereira studied in Puerto Rico public school system, obtaining his high school diploma from the Benjamin Harrison High School in his hometown.[2]

In 1964, Pereira enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras to complete a Bachelor's degree in psychology. While studying there, he had his first military experience with the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). Pereira graduated in 1968 in the middle of the Vietnam War.[1]

Military and professional careerEdit

After graduating, Pereira joined the United States Air Force and became a rescue helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.[1] During that time, he accrued more than 1,000 flight hours. Pereira was shot down on December 27, 1972 while flying a rescue mission 22 miles away from Hanoi.[3] He also received a shot on his right arm for which he received a Purple Heart.[3][4] He would later receive a Silver Star as well.[4]

After five years, Pereira earned a scholarship to study law at Hofstra University in New York. After passing the bar exam, he returned to the Air Force at the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps. After that, he started working for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.. He worked as a district attorney for 12 years.[2]

Public serviceEdit

In 2001, Governor of Puerto Rico Sila Calderón appointed Pereira as Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority. However, on 2002, Calderón put Pereira in charge of the Puerto Rico Police Department. The next year, Pereira swapped positions with Víctor Rivera González, which left him as Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.[5]

When Aníbal Acevedo Vilá won the 2004 elections, he left Pereira in charge of the Department of Corrections. Pereira occupied the seat for the next four years, finishing his term on January 1, 2009.[2] During his tenure, Pereira promoted the medication of drug addicts treating them as sick people instead of delinquents.[6]

Political careerEdit

In October 29, 2011, Pereira presented his candidacy to the Senate of Puerto Rico with the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). He decided to run for the District of Guayama because he was "born, raised, and educated in it."[6] On March 2012, he was the candidate with most votes within his district during the PPD primaries.[7] After the general elections, Pereira resulted victorious earning a seat in the Senate.

Military awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Marrero, Rosita (December 3, 2011). "Miguel Pereira es romántico y enamora'o". Primera Hora.
  2. ^ a b c Amy, Christian (November 15, 2011). "Miguel Pereira De piloto a fiscal y de secretario a político". La Cordillera.
  3. ^ a b Velázquez, Brunymarie (September 8, 2013). "Vamos a dejarnos de hipocresías". El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Ex secretario de Corrección Miguel Pereira oficializa candidatura al Senado". Primera Hora (in Spanish). October 29, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Pesquera califica cambios como señal de fracaso y augura más renuncias". Puerto Rico Herald. December 19, 2002.
  6. ^ a b October 29, 2012. "Ex secretario de Corrección Miguel Pereira oficializa candidatura al Senado". Primera Hora.
  7. ^ "Senadores por Distrito, Resultados Distrito Guayama VI". CEEPUR. March 22, 2012. Archived from the original on March 21, 2014.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Pierre Vivoni Del Valle
Superintendent of the Puerto Rico Police
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Víctor Rivera González

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