Margarita Nolasco Santiago
|Margarita Nolasco Santiago|
|Member of the Puerto Rico Senate
from the At-large district
January 2, 2008
|President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico|
|Preceded by||Orlando Parga|
|Succeeded by||Jose Luis Dalmau|
|Member of the Puerto Rico Senate from the Guayama district|
|Majority Speaker of the Senate of Puerto Rico|
|Preceded by||Jorge de Castro Font|
|Succeeded by||Roberto Arango|
|Majority Whip of the Senate of Puerto Rico|
|Succeeded by||Carlos Pagán|
|Mayor of Coamo|
|Preceded by||Carlos Luis Torres Santiago|
|Succeeded by||Juan Carlos García Padilla|
|Political party||New Progressive Party|
|Children||Angel Miguel (b. 1979)|
|Alma mater||Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (B.A.)
New York State University (M.A.)
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (Ed.D)
|Profession||Politician, Senator, Mayor|
Early years and studies
Margarita Nolasco obtained her Bachelor's degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and her Master's degree from New York State University, both in Education with a Major in Mathematics. She then completed her Doctorate in Education with a Major in Curriculum from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
After receiving her bachelor's degree, Nolasco worked for the Puerto Rico Department of Education in Barranquitas High School. After finishing her Master's degree, she worked as a mathematics teacher at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in Barranquitas. Two years later, she was appointed as Coordinator of Academic Affairs of the same institution.
After some time, she transferred to the Interamerican University of San Germán where she worked as Director of the General Education Program. She then transferred to the Ponce Campus where she worked as Dean of Academic Affairs.
She is co-author of two books in mathematics with McGraw-Hill.
In 2004, she was elected to the Senate of Puerto Rico for the District of Guayama. She became the Majority Whip of her party, and eventually the Majority Speaker. During that term, she presided the Commission of Superior Education, among others.
For the 2008 general elections, Nolasco ran for Senator at-large after winning a slot at the PNP primaries. She was elected and appointed as President pro tempore by President Thomas Rivera Schatz.
Nolasco has a son: Angel Miguel Cruz Nolasco, born in 1979. She also has three grandchildren: Clarymar, Angélica Cristina, and Angel Miguel.
|President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico
- Hon. Margarita Nolasco on SenadoPR