Miguel Hernández Agosto

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The Honorable
Miguel Hernández Agosto
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9th President of the Senate of Puerto Rico
In office
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
In office
1973–1976
Preceded by Juan Cancel Ríos
Succeeded by Manuel Ramos Barroso
Member of the Senate of Puerto Rico
In office
1970–1997
Personal details
Born (1927-04-05) April 5, 1927 (age 87)
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
Profession Politician, Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

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.

Hernández Agosto served as Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture in the 1960s under the governorships of Luis Muñoz Marín and Roberto Sánchez Vilella.

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.[1]

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.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Luis A. Ferré
President of the Senate of Puerto Rico
1981-92
Succeeded by
Roberto Rexach Benítez
Preceded by
Juan Cancel Ríos
President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico
1973-76
Succeeded by
Manuel Ramos Barroso