|Member of Congress|
July 27, 2006
|Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation of Peru|
12 July 2002 – 11 August 2005
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Rudecindo Vega|
|Minister of the Presidency of Peru|
28 July 2001 – 12 July 2002
|Prime Minister||Roberto Dañino|
|Preceded by||Emilio Navarro|
February 24, 1957 |
|Political party||Possible Peru|
|Alma mater||University of Lima|
Carlos Ricardo Bruce Montes de Oca (born 24 February 1957 in Lima) is a Peruvian politician.
Bruce graduated from the Economic Faculty of the University of Lima. From 1998 to 2000, he was the president of the Peruvian Exporters' association ADEX.
In early 2000 he joined the party We Are Peru of Lima's charismatic mayor Alberto Andrade, which he left later in the same year. In 2001 he became the campaign manager for Possible Peru (PP) of successful presidential candidate Alejandro Toledo in Lima. In President Toledo's administration, Bruce held different important posts: Presidency minister from mid-2001 to mid-2002 and Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation from July 2002 through October 2005. From 2002 to 2005 he was a General secretary of PP party. He was the candidate to Second Vice-President on the party's ticket in the 2006 national election, but the candidacy was withdrawn following disputes between presidential candidate Rafael Belaúnde Aubry and the party's core.
Since September 2005 he has been a member of the party's national political commission. In 2006 Bruce was elected to the Congress representing Lima for the 2006-2011 term. 2010/11 he managed the campaign of Toledo for a second presidential term, endorsed by Possible Peru Alliance with himself being Toledo's running mate as candidate for First vice president. Toledo's presidential bid was unsuccessful, but Carlos Bruce was re-elected Congressman for another 5-year term. On July 29, 2011, he was accused for a dishonor for his political party and has been suspended being independent in congress. Now Possible Peru has decreased from 21 to 20 members of the political party in congress.
Bruce, following his introduction of a civil unions bill to Congress and the subsequent questioning of his sexual orientation, came out as gay on 19 May 2014. This makes him the first openly gay member of Congress in Peru. 
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