Miguel Hernández Agosto
Miguel Hernández Agosto
|9th President of the Senate of Puerto Rico|
January 2, 1981 – December 31, 1992
|Preceded by||Luis A. Ferré|
|Succeeded by||Roberto Rexach Benítez|
|President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico|
|Preceded by||Juan Cancel Ríos|
|Succeeded by||Manuel Ramos Barroso|
|Member of the Senate of Puerto Rico|
April 5, 1927 |
Las Piedras, Puerto Rico
|Political party||Popular Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (B.A.)
Michigan State (M.S.)
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
University of Michigan
Miguel Hernández Agosto (born April 5, 1927) is a Puerto Rican politician whose service in government has spanned several generations.
Finished his bachelor studies at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Then, went to Michigan where he graduated from Michigan State University with a Masters degree and from University of Michigan with a PhD. Years later, he concluded his studies with a JD from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law. He is a member of the Latino fraternity Phi Iota Alpha, the oldest inter-collegiate Greek-letter organization established for Latino Americans.
In the 1970s, he entered elective politics as a Senator at-large. In 1981 he became the Senate of Puerto Rico's ninth President, a position he held for 12 years. In 1993, after the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico's defeat in the 1992 elections, he became the Senate Minority Leader of his party until 1996.
A Democrat at the national level, after winning a bruising reorganization primary campaign in 1988 against former Governor Carlos Romero Barceló, he became State Chair of the Democratic Party of Puerto Rico, a post he held until 1992.
Within his local party, after former Governor Rafael Hernández Colón's defeat in 1976, he became party president, a post he held until the former Governor decided to run for Governor in 1980, which incumbent Gov. Romero narrowly won.
Hernández Agosto is currently a part-time law professor at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law and practices law. In 2008, he chaired then-Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá's unsuccessful reelection campaign.
- Puerto Rico's leading party fighting move for statehood. Rome News-Tribune. May 30, 1990.
Luis A. Ferré
|President of the Senate of Puerto Rico
Roberto Rexach Benítez
Juan Cancel Ríos
|President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico
Manuel Ramos Barroso