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|Jorge Santini Padilla|
|Santini during his third term as mayor of San Juan.|
|Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico|
January 2, 2001 – January 14, 2013
|Preceded by||Sila Calderon|
|Succeeded by||Carmen Yulín Cruz|
|Member of the Puerto Rico Senate from the San Juan district|
March 11, 1960 |
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Political party||New Progressive Party|
|Children||Odette (b. 1987)
Jorge Andrés (b. 1996)
Amanda (b. 2003)
|Alma mater||University of Puerto Rico (BA)
Inter American University (JD)
Early years and studies
Santini was born on March 11, 1960 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the third son of Nicolás Santini and Ivonne Padilla. He has three brothers and studied in the public school system of Puerto Rico until graduation in 1978.
In 1986, he became a partner at the law firm of Miranda Cárdenas & Córdova where he specialized in medical malpractice suits. In 1988 he was accepted as a member of the Puerto Rico Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association. He also presided the Attorney Association of the Faculty of Law at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
In 1994, during Pedro Rossello's gubernatorial term, Santini was appointed as his aide in the areas of Health, Social Welfare, and Hiring, as well as serving as the Governor's Legal Aide.
In 1996, Santini decided to start a political career under the New Progressive Party (PNP). He was elected to the Senate of Puerto Rico at the 1996 general elections representing the District of San Juan. During that term, he served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Mayor of San Juan: 2001–2013
Santini entered the race for Mayor of San Juan in 1999 and challenged Senate President Charlie Rodriguez in a PNP primary. Rodríguez had been the choice of the party leadership, but Santini prevailed in the primary. He went on to defeat Popular Democratic Party candidate Eduardo Bhatia in the 2000 elections and sought reelection in 2004 defeating Bhatia for a second time.
In 2007, Santini was rumored to be a possible candidate for Governor of Puerto Rico in the event that NPP president and former Governor Pedro Rosselló chose not run against then Resident Commissioner Luis Fortuño in 2008. However, Rosselló announced on April 28, 2007 that he would seek the NPP nomination for Governor. Santini then announced on May 13, 2007 that he would seek a third term as Mayor of San Juan in the 2008 elections. He ran unopposed within his party and faced PPD Representative Ferdinand Pérez in the 2008 general elections.
In the 2008 Puerto Rican general election, Santini defeated Ferdinand Pérez (PPD) and Luis Piñero (PIP) for his third term as mayor. He is the longest running popularly-elected Mayor of the city. During this term, he proposed light-rail extension of the heavy-rail Tren Urbano into Old San Juan.
His cabinet has included former Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Executive Director Miguel Cordero and former Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico President Lourdes Rovira as Vice Mayor, Police Colonel Adalberto Mercado and Sports and Recreation Director Maria Elena Batista.
In 1975, Mayor Santini became a member of the United States Marines Air Cadets Corps, standing out for his leadership, teamwork, and willingness to serve his country. At present, he is Lieutenant Colonel in the State Guard of the National Guard of Puerto Rico, assigned to the Judge Advocate General's Corps. On September 18, 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Mayor Santini to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.
Santini married Irma Garriga on August 23, 1986. They have three children together: Odette (b. 1987), Jorge Andrés (b. 1996), and Amanda (b. 2003).