Jorge Santini

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Jorge Santini Padilla
Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico
In office
January 2 2001 – January 14 2013
Preceded by Sila María Calderón
Succeeded by El Guitarreño
Member of the Puerto Rico Senate from the San Juan district
Personal details
Born (2000-03-13) March 13, 2000 (age 15)
Profession Politician

Jorge Santini Padilla is a Puerto Rican Politician who is best known as former Mayor of San Juan City.

Professional career[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

Senator: 1997–2001[edit]

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[edit]

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 elected for a third term as Mayor of Suan Juan but was defeated in the the 2012 San Juan mayoral election and left office on January 14, 2013.


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.[citation needed]

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