José Alperovich

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José Alperovich
José Alperovich y Néstor Kirchner 20060817.jpg
Alperovich (left) and President Néstor Kirchner.
Governor of Tucumán
Assumed office
October 28, 2003
[[Lieutenant Governor of Tucumán|Lieutenant]] Fernando Juri (2003-07)
Juan Luis Manzur (2007-09)
Sergio Mansilla (2009-11)
Regino Amado (since 2011)
Preceded by Julio Miranda
Senator from Tucumán
In office
December 10, 2001 – October 28, 2003
Personal details
Born (1955-04-14) April 14, 1955 (age 59)
Banda del Río Salí
Political party Front for Victory
Spouse(s) Beatriz Rojkés de Alperovich
Alma mater National University of Tucumán
Profession Accountant

José Jorge Alperovich (born April 13, 1955) is an Argentine Kirchnerist politician; currently the governor of Tucumán Province.


Early life and career[edit]

Alperovich was born in Banda del Río Salí to Marta León, an Argentine Jew, and León Alperovich, a Russian Jew from Lithuania whose parents had settled in one of the numerous Jewish agricultural colonies in Argentina. His father relocated to Tucumán Province and later established León Alperovich S.A., one of the most important auto dealerships in Tucumán.[1]

He enrolled at the University of Tucumán, graduated as an accountant, and married Beatriz Rojkés, with whom he had four children.[2] Alperovich was a member of the centrist Radical Civic Union until in 1999 he was approached by the then-Governor of Tucumán, Julio Miranda, to be provincial economy minister. He joined the Justicialist Party, was elected to the Senate in 2001, and as governor in 2003.[3]

Some commentators had speculated that Alperovich would not be able to become governor if elected because of the provincial law that required him to give an oath on the Christian Bible. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court's amendment of Tucuman's Constitution allowed Alperovich to take the oath using the Hebrew Torah, helping preventing future religious discrimination against potential candidates.[3]

Governor of Tucumán Province[edit]

Alperovich's tenure has reaped criticism from opponents for an allegedly authoritarian governing style,[4] as well as for suspected patronage in favor of businesses related to the Alperovich family.[5] His tenure has however been marked by significant developments in health, education, and social services, including a significant drop in unemployment and infant mortality rates[6][7] and record public works funding for extensive public housing communities, highways, and other projects.[6][8][9] The Provincial Health Minister from 2003 to 2007, Juan Luis Manzur, was Alperovich's running mate in his successful, 2007 bid for reelection and was named the nation's Health Minister in 2009.[10]

Alperovich obtained an amendment to the Provincial Constitution in 2006 providing for the governor's reelection, and in 2008, proposed a further amendment that would allow for indefinite reelection, albeit without success.[11] He was reelected in 2007 by a 73% margin over Ricardo Bussi of the far-right Republican Force ticket,[12] and in 2011 won his third and final term against José Manuel Cano of the UCR by 56%.[13] His wife was elected Provisional President of the Argentine Senate in 2011.

Preceded by
Julio Miranda
Governor of Tucumán

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