First Lady of Puerto Rico
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The First Lady
First Lady of Puerto Rico is the title give by the government of Puerto Rico to the spouse of the Governor of Puerto Rico or the daughters of the Governor should the Governor be a lady, single, divorced, or a widow. The First Lady leads the Office of the First Lady of Puerto Rico and is expected to represent the women of Puerto Rico in elegance and demeanor. The current First Lady is Wilma Pastrana, wife of Alejandro Garcia Padilla.
The position of First Lady carries no official duty and receives no compensation for their service. They generally oversee the administration of La Fortaleza, the mansion that serves as the Governor's residence and Office. They also organize events and civic programs, and typically get involved in different charities and social causes.
The official portraits of each First Lady, beginning with Jesús T. Piñero's wife, are exhibited in La Fortaleza since Rafael Hernández Colón's administration. They are located in the staircase that leads to the third floor private gubernatorial residence. Current First Lady Lucé Vela had the portraits loaned to the Puerto Rico Department of State, to be seen by the public during two weeks in May 2009. The opening reception of the exhibit, presided by Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock, was attended by three governors (Luis Fortuño, Rafael Hernández Colón, and Carlos Romero Barceló), and four first ladies (Jeannette Ramos, Kate Donnelly, María Elena González, and Lucé Vela).
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At present, there are eight living former first ladies: Jeannette Ramos, wife of Roberto Sánchez Vilella; Rosario Ferré, daughter of Luis A. Ferré; Kate Donnelly, wife of Carlos Romero Barceló; Irma Margarita Neváres, wife of Pedro Rosselló; Sila María and María Elena González Calderón, daughters of Sila Calderón; Luisa Gándara, wife of Aníbal Acevedo Vilá; and Lucé Vela wife of Luis Fortuño Burset.
- First Lady on La Fortaleza