Eduardo Aguirre

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Eduardo Aguirre
Eduardo Aguirre Jr.jpg
United States Ambassador to Spain
In office
24 June 2005 – 20 January 2009
President George W. Bush, Barack Obama
Preceded by George Argyros
Succeeded by Alan Solomont
Personal details
Born 1946
Cuba

Eduardo Aguirre Reyes, Jr. (born July 30, 1946, in Cuba),[1] is a principal in Atlantic Partners, an international consulting firm, based in Houston.

Until January 20, 2009, he was the United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, appointed by President George W. Bush, confirmed by the United States Senate on June 16, 2005, and sworn in on June 24, 2005.[1][2] He presented his credentials to King Juan Carlos I of Spain on June 29, 2005.[2]

Background[edit]

Aguirre was born in Cuba in 1946, and emigrated to the US in 1961 via Operation Peter Pan.[3]

Aguirre holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University (LSU). He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association's National Commercial Lending Graduate School. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Connecticut, the University of Houston, and the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago in the Dominican Republic.[2][4]

Aguirre and his wife Tere each emigrated from Cuba as unaccompanied minors at the age of 15. They maintain their permanent home in Houston, where they have lived for three decades. The Aguirres have two grown children, Eddy and Tessie.[1]

Career in banking[edit]

Aguirre joined the Department of Homeland Security from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), where he served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. From December 2001 to December 2002, he was Acting Chairman of this Federal Agency. Prior to joining the Bush administration, Aguirre was President of International Private Banking for Bank of America. He had worked for Bank of America for 24 years.[1]

In Texas[edit]

In 1990, the Supreme Court of Texas appointed him to the State Bar as a non-attorney director. Aguirre has served on numerous professional and civic boards, including the Texas Children's Hospital, Texas Bar Foundation, Operación Pedro Pan Foundation, Bankers Association for Finance and Trade, and the Houston chapters of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.[2][4]

Aguirre was appointed by then Governor George W. Bush to the Board of Regents of the University of Houston System for a six-year term, serving from 1996 to 1998 as chairman. Former President George H.W. Bush appointed him to the National Commission for Employment Policy.[2][4]

Government service[edit]

Before his appointment as ambassador, Aguirre served, beginning February 7, 2003, as the first Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an Under Secretary rank position in the Department of Homeland Security. At USCIS, Mr. Aguirre led a team of 15,000 employees serving over 6 million annual applicants seeking immigration benefits.[1][2][5]

Aguirre was the author of one of the first classified U.S. Dept. of State cables released by Wikileaks on Nov. 28, 2010, in which he described, among other issues, U.S. embassy efforts to derail the legal proceedings against U.S. soldiers accused of killing Spanish journalist José Couso. http://cablegate.wikileaks.org/cable/2007/05/07MADRID911.html

Honors[edit]

Aguirre was bestowed the Order of Isabella the Catholic Gran Cruz by Spain, Order of José Matías Delgado—Grade of Grand Officer—by El Salvador, and the Order of Christopher Columbus—Grade of Grand Officer—by the Dominican Republic. The Daughters of the American Revolution awarded him their 2004 Americanism Medal.[5]

Aguirre is a member of the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity and received the Delta Sigma Pi Career Achievement Award in 2000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Ambassador Eduardo Aguirre, Jr.". Embassy of the United States - Spain. 2006-08-04. Retrieved 2006-08-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Eduardo Aguirre, Jr.". US Department of State. 2006-07-05. Archived from the original on 2006-08-09. Retrieved 2006-08-13. 
  3. ^ Miamiherald.com, Eduardo Aguirre Reyes, accessed 2 August 2009
  4. ^ a b c "Flores MBA program". E.J. Ourso College of Business at LSU. 2003-10-24. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  5. ^ a b "Eduardo Aguirre Biography". US Citizenship and Immigration Services. 2006-03-03. Retrieved 2006-08-13. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Media related to Eduardo Aguirre at Wikimedia Commons

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
George Argyros
United States Ambassador to Spain
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Alan Solomont