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Wanda Vázquez Garced (born July 9, 1960)[2] is a Puerto Rican politician and attorney who has been Governor of Puerto Rico since August 7, 2019.[5][6] Prior to her tenure as governor, she served as secretary of justice from 2017 to 2019. A member of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, Vázquez Garced is the second female governor in Puerto Rico history after Sila María Calderón, who was governor from 2001 to 2005.

Wanda Vázquez Garced
Governor of Puerto Rico
Assumed office
August 7, 2019
Preceded byPedro Pierluisi
Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico
In office
January 2, 2017 – August 7, 2019
GovernorRicardo Rosselló
Pedro Pierluisi
Preceded byCésar Miranda
Succeeded byDenise Longo[1]
Personal details
Born (1960-07-09) July 9, 1960 (age 59)[2][3]
San Juan, Puerto Rico[2]
Political partyNew Progressive
Other political
affiliations
Republican[4]
Spouse(s)Jorge Díaz Reverón
Children2
EducationUniversity of Puerto Rico, Río
Piedras
(BA)
Interamerican University, San
Juan
(JD)
WebsiteGovernment website

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Early life and educationEdit

Vázquez Garced was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She began her primary studies at the Ramón Marín and Margarita Janer schools in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Vázquez became interested in law at an early age. She said in an interview that she used to watch TV shows like Hawaii Five-O with her father, which led her to realize she wanted to follow a career along that line. Vázquez studied at the University of Puerto Rico, where she completed her Bachelor's degree. After that, she completed her Juris doctor (J.D.) at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law.[7]

CareerEdit

During the 1980s, Vázquez worked for the Puerto Rico Department of Housing. She then worked as a district attorney for the Puerto Rico Department of Justice for 20 years. Vázquez specialized in cases of domestic and sexual abuse. She also worked in the Criminal Division for the Bayamón Prosecutor's office.[citation needed]

In 2010, Vázquez was appointed to replace Ivonne Feliciano as the head of the Office for Women's Rights of the island.[8] In November 30, 2016, Governor-elect Ricardo Rosselló nominated her for the position of Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico. She was confirmed and sworn in January 18, 2017.[9]

Governor of Puerto RicoEdit

Vázquez Garced was initially expected to become governor of Puerto Rico after the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló on August 2, 2019.[10][11] She was met with opposition, with critics calling for her resignation due to allegations of corruption and inability to tackle gender violence[clarification needed] on the island. Protests against her proposed succession as governor took place, the most notable of these being the Somos Más march, Spanish for "We Are More", a title alluding to a popular chant during the protests calling for Rosselló's resignation.[12] The hashtag #WandaRenuncia (Spanish for "Wanda Resign") began trending on Twitter soon after Rosselló announced his intention to resign. [13][14][15][16] Vázquez said on Twitter that she had no interest in becoming governor,[17] and that she would only take the position if she was constitutionally required to.[18]

On July 31, Rosselló announced that he was appointing Pedro Pierluisi as the new Secretary of State; the secretary of state supersedes the secretary of justice in the order of succession.[19] On August 1, however, the Puerto Rican Senate blocked Pierluisi from being confirmed as secretary of state in time for Rosselló's resignation on August 2.[20] Upon Rossello's resignation, Pierluisi succeeded to the governorship in a de facto manner instead of Vázquez. However, he was not confirmed by the Senate, calling into question the validity of his governorship.[21]

On August 7, 2019, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico ruled that Pierluisi was sworn in on unconstitutional grounds and removed him from office, effective at 5 p.m. AST. At that time, Vázquez became the second female governor of Puerto Rico.[22][23]

Vázquez stated she wants to recover Hurricane Maria relief funds and review all government contracts are being managed correctly and free of corruption. She said she wants to work with President Donald Trump to help the island of Puerto Rico and its 3.2 million citizens.[24] She stated all contracts signed by Ricardo Rosselló would be reviewed.[25] At the same time, HUD (Housing and Urban Development) stated that hurricane funds would be delayed to Puerto Rico due to corruption, and incapacity to absorb funds for projects, respectively.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Vázquez is married to Jorge Díaz Reverón, a judge in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and has two daughters Stephanie and Beatriz Díaz Vázquez.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gobernadora nombra secretaria de Justicia y director de Ética Gubernamental en receso". Primera Hora (in Spanish). 18 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Fuerte y sentimental la Procuradora de las Mujeres". PrimeraHora.
  3. ^ "PressReader.com - Your favorite newspapers and magazines". www.pressreader.com.
  4. ^ "La gobernadora Wanda Vázquez se "inclina hacia la filosofía republicana"". El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  5. ^ "Wanda Vázquez era la siguiente opción para gobernadora de Puerto Rico, pero no quiere el puesto". CNN (in Spanish). 2019-07-28. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  6. ^ Robles, Frances (2019-07-29). "Protests Are Still Erupting in Puerto Rico. This Time, It's Over Wanda Vázquez as Governor". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  7. ^ Cruz, Johanexis (March 2, 2017). "Entrevista a la Lcda. Wanda Vázquez Garced, Secretaria de Justicia" (in Spanish). LinkedIn.
  8. ^ "Wanda Vázquez Garced". El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). December 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Confirman a Wanda Vázquez como Secretaria de Justicia". Telemundo PR. January 18, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Del Real, Jose A.; Robles, Frances (July 24, 2019). "Who Is Wanda Vázquez, Who Is in Line to Become Puerto Rico's Next Governor?". New York Times. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "Puerto Rico Governor's Resignation Shakes Bankrupt Commonwealth". Bloomberg. July 24, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Manifestantes piden la renuncia de Wanda Vázquez". El Nuevo Día. 2019-07-25. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  13. ^ Cole, Brendan (July 25, 2019). "#WandaRenuncia Trends As Puerto Ricans Call for Ricardo Rosello's Likely Successor As Governor to Resign As Well". Newsweek. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  14. ^ Steinbuch, Yason (2019-07-25). "Puerto Ricans will continue protests if governor's likely successor takes office". New York Post. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  15. ^ Martínez, Gina. "Puerto Rico's Governor Is Resigning. But His Successor Worries Protestors Too". Time. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  16. ^ De Jesús Salamán, Adriana (July 25, 2019). ""Wanda renuncia" adorna calles de San Juan". Noticel. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  17. ^ CNN, Amir Vera and Leyla Santiago. "The woman who was next in line to be Puerto Rico's governor doesn't want the job". CNN. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  18. ^ Robles, Frances (July 29, 2019). "Protests Are Still Erupting in Puerto Rico. This Time, It's Over Wanda Vázquez as Governor". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  19. ^ "Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló wants Pedro Pierluisi to succeed him". NBC News.
  20. ^ Coto, Dánica. "Puerto Rico Still Unsure Who'll Be Governor Within Hours". NBC New York.
  21. ^ "Puerto Rico gets new governor after text scandal". BBC News. August 3, 2019.
  22. ^ Mazzei, Patricia; Robles, Frances (August 7, 2019). "Puerto Rico Supreme Court Rules New Governor Was Unlawfully Sworn In". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  23. ^ "Portal de la Rama Judicial de Puerto Rico". www.ramajudicial.pr. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  24. ^ Coto, Dánica (August 16, 2019). "AP Interview: Puerto Rico governor to stay, fight corruption". AP NEWS. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  25. ^ "Contracts Signed by Former Puerto Rican Governor May Go Under Review. Will This Lead to Change? - The Takeaway". WNYC Studios. January 29, 1978. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  26. ^ "HUD Delays Hurricane Aid Citing P.R. Corruption, V.I. Capacity". St. John Source. August 6, 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.

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