Jorge Arreaza

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Jorge Arreaza
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Vice President of Venezuela
Assumed office
19 April 2013
Interim: 9 March – 19 April 2013
President Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Nicolás Maduro
Minister of Science and Tecnology
In office
27 November 2011 – 19 April 2013
President Hugo Chávez
Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Manuel Fernández Meléndez
Personal details
Born Jorge Alberto Arreaza Monserrat
(1973-06-06) 6 June 1973 (age 40)
Nationality Venezuelan
Political party United Socialist Party of Venezuela
Spouse(s) Rosa Virginia Chavez Colmenares
Religion Roman Catholicism

Jorge Alberto Arreaza Monserrat (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxorxe alˈβerto areˈasa monseˈra(t)]) (born 6 June 1973) is a Venezuelan politician who has held several important positions in the administration of President Hugo Chávez and his successor Nicolás Maduro. Arreaza was appointed Vice President of Venezuela in 2013.[1] He has held the position of Minister of Science and Technology since 2011. He became Chavez's son-in-law in 2007, after marrying Chavez's eldest daughter, Rosa Virginia.[2] Throughout the final stages of Chavez's illness, Arreaza served as unofficial spokesman of the Chavez family.[3]

Education and early career[edit]

Jorge Arreaza a degree in international studies from Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), and was awarded a scholarship by the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Foundation during the 1990s which allowed him to earn a master's degree in European Policy Studies at University of Cambridge, England. At UCV, he also worked as a journalist and university teacher, in addition to working as an announcer and interviewer on several public television venues in Venezuela,[2] and as host of the television show "Diálogo abierto".[3]


  1. ^ Boon, Lisseth (12 July 2011). "Cinco cosas que no sabía sobre el ministro Jorge Arreaza (Five things you did not know about the minister Jorge Arreaza)". Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Noticias 24 Venezuela (8 March 2013). "Perfil de Jorge Arreaza, designado nuevo Vicepresidente de la República (Profile of Jorge Arreaza, appointed new Vice President)". Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lozano, Daniel; James G. Garcia. "Jorge Arreaza: Yerno de Chávez y hombre emergente en el chavismo". Retrieved 10 March 2013.