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).
|First Lady||Date of birth||Date of marriage||Governor
|Date tenure began||Date tenure ended||Length of
|Date of death (age)|
|Melza Riggs Wood||1870||October 7, 1903||Beekman Winthrop||1904||1907||21 years, 0 days||January 1, 1928( 144 years, 243 days)|
|Aurelia Bou Ledesma||1931||Jesús T. Piñero||January 2, 1946||January 1, 1949|
|1||Inés Mendoza||January 10, 1908||November 16, 1946||Luis Muñoz Marín||January 2, 1949||January 1, 1965||25 years, 224 days||August 13, 1990( 82 years, 215 days)|
|2||Conchita Dapena||1913||July 10, 1936||Roberto Sánchez Vilella||January 2, 1965||January 1, 1966||37 years, 55 days||February 25, 2003|
|3||Jeannette Ramos||1967||Roberto Sánchez Vilella||1967||January 1, 1969||45 years, 243 days||Living|
|4||Lorenza Ramírez de Arellano||1906||May 30, 1931||Luis A. Ferré||January 2, 1969||1970||1970|
|5||Rosario Ferré||September 28, 1938||N/A||Luis A. Ferré
|1970||January 1, 1972||42 years, 243 days||Living (75 years, 338 days)|
|6||Lila Mayoral Wirshing||May 12, 1942||October 24, 1959||Rafael Hernández Colón||January 2, 1972||January 1, 1977||N/A||July 1, 2003( 61 years, 50 days)|
|7||Kate Donnelly||Carlos Romero Barceló||January 2, 1977||January 1, 1985||29 years, 243 days||Living|
|8||Lila Mayoral Wirshing||May 12, 1942||October 24, 1959||Rafael Hernández Colón||January 2, 1985||January 1, 1993||10 years, 181 days||July 1, 2003( 61 years, 50 days)|
|9||Irma Margarita Neváres||August 9, 1969||Pedro Rosselló||January 2, 1993||January 1, 2001||13 years, 243 days||Living|
|10||Sila María González Calderón
María Elena González Calderón
|January 2, 2001||January 1, 2005||9 years, 243 days||Living|
|11||Luisa Gándara||Aníbal Acevedo Vilá||January 2, 2005||January 1, 2009||5 years, 243 days||Living|
|12||Lucé Vela||1961 (age 52–53)||August 3, 1984||Luis Fortuño||January 2, 2009||January 1, 2013||1 year, 243 days||Living|
|13||Wilma Pastrana||1970 (age 43–44)||April 7, 2001||Alejandro García Padilla||January 3, 2013||Incumbent||Incumbent||Living|
- First Lady on La Fortaleza
- Biografia Jesús T. Piñero on SUAGM
- Conchita Dapena on FindaGrave
- Fallece otra ex primera dama on Primera Hora (February 26, 2003)
- "Fortuño y Lucé celebrarán aniversario "bajo la luz de la luna"" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. August 3, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
- "De aniversario García Padilla" (in Spanish). El Nuevo Día. April 7, 2011. Retrieved 2013.