Beatriz Rojkés de Alperovich

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This name uses Argentine naming customs. The paternal family name is Rojkés and the husband's family name is Alperovich.
Beatriz Rojkés de Alperovich
Beatriz Rojkés de Alperovich.jpg
Argentine Senator
from Tucumán Province
Assumed office
December 10, 2009
Provisional President of the Argentine Senate
In office
November 30, 2011 – February 28, 2014
Preceded by José Pampuro
Succeeded by Gerardo Zamora
National Deputy
from Tucumán Province
In office
December 10, 2005 – December 10, 2009
Personal details
Born Beatriz Liliana Rojkés
(1956-02-04) February 4, 1956 (age 58)
San Miguel de Tucumán
Nationality Argentine
Political party Justicialist Party/Front for Victory
Spouse(s) José Alperovich
Profession Psychopedadogue
Auto dealership proprietor
Religion Judaism

Beatriz Liliana Rojkés de Alperovich (born February 4, 1956)[1] is an Argentine psychopedagogue, businesswoman, and Justicialist Party politician. She was elected to the Argentine Senate in 2009, and in 2011 became the first woman to be designated as its Provisional President; the post put her second in Argentine line of succession, after Vice President Amado Boudou.

Life and times[edit]

Beatriz Liliana Rojkés was born in San Miguel de Tucumán to Luisa Werblud and Salomón Rojkés, both Ashkenazi Jews who emigrated from Europe.[2] Salomón Rojkés inaugurated a textile mill in the city, Textil Americana. She earned a degree in Psychopedagogy and married a fellow member of Tucumán's Jewish community, José Alperovich, with whom she had four children.[3]

She became a partner in her father-in-law's auto dealership, León Alperovich de Tucumán S.A., in 1997, and by 2010 controlled 98% of the firm (one of Tucumán's largest Ford and Volkswagen distributors).[4] Following the election of her husband as Governor of Tucumán, she was elected in 2005 to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies on the Front for Victory ticket (the majority, center-left Justicialist Party faction then headed by President Néstor Kirchner). She introduced numerous bills advancing children's rights, women's rights and nutrition, among other issues.[5]

She was elected to the Senate in 2009. Her stake in the Rojkés and Alperovich family businesses made her the wealthiest woman in the Senate by 2010, and the fourth-wealthiest overall.[4] She was named to the Senate committees on Constitutional Affairs, Labor, Health, Ombudsmanship, and Bermejo River works.[6]

Mrs. Alperovich was elected Provisional President of the Senate on November 30, 2011. Married to one of the few Jews in Argentina to be elected governor,[2] she herself made history by becoming both the first Jew and the first woman to hold this key post;[7] the Provisional President of the Senate is second in the line of succession to the Presidency in Argentina. Speculation mounted in the days leading to the second inaugural of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner that Senator Alperovich might be asked to administer the Oath of Office in lieu of Vice President Julio Cobos, who had been distanced from the rest of the administration since his surprise tie-breaking vote in 2008 against an export tax increase supported by the president.[8] President Fernández de Kirchner ultimately opted to take the oath independently, as did Vice President Amado Boudou.[9]