Luz Arce Ferrer
|Luz Z. Arce Ferrer|
|Member of the Puerto Rico Senate
from the At-large district
1996 – January 1, 2013
|Majority Whip of the Senate of Puerto Rico|
|Preceded by||Carlos Pagán|
|Succeeded by||Rossana López León|
|President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico|
|Preceded by||Aníbal Marrero Pérez|
|Succeeded by||Velda González|
|Born||Aguadilla, Puerto Rico|
|Political party||New Progressive Party|
|Alma mater||University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Early years and studies
Lucy Arce was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. She completed her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, graduating Cum Laude. She was then certified in Public Housing Administration by Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Arce has worked as a teacher with the Head Start Program, and as an Ombudsman for the Aguadilla region. She also worked as Regional Director of the Public Housing Administration in Aguadilla, and then as Regional Manager of the Association of Commonwealth Employees (AEELA) in Arecibo.
In 1993, Arce was appointed as Auxiliar Administrator of the Retirement System Administration for the Government Employees of Puerto Rico. She also served as Commissioner of the Women Affairs Commission.
Arce began her political career with the pro-statehood youth in Aguadilla. She presided the Women Organization of the New Progressive Party for eleven years, and also served as Vice-president of the party.
In 1996, Arce was elected as Senator At-large. She was the third candidate with most votes, and the second within her party. She was reelected in 2000 and 2004. Arce won a slot in the PNP ballot at the PNP primaries and in 2008, she was elected for her fourth consecutive term, being the fourth candidate with most votes, and the third within her party.
During her time in the Senate of Puerto Rico, she has served as Vice-president of the Senate, Alternate Majority Speaker, President of the Women Legislative Assembly, and President of Commissions of Work, Veteran Affairs, and Human Resources.
Lucy Arce has a daughter called Nayda, and five grandchildren.
Aníbal Marrero Pérez
|President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico
- Elecciones Generales de 1996 on CEEPUR
- Elecciones Generales 2000: Escrutinio de Senadores on CEEPUR
- Elecciones 2004: Senadores on CEEPUR
- Primarias 2008 on CEEPUR
- Elecciones Generales 2008: Escrutinio General on CEEPUR
- Hon. Luz Z. Arce Ferrer on SenadoPR