Miguel Saiz

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Miguel Saiz
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Governor of Río Negro
In office
December 10, 2003 – December 9, 2011
Lieutenant Mario De Rege
Bautista Mendioroz
Preceded by Pablo Verani
Succeeded by Carlos Soria
Personal details
Born (1949-05-17) May 17, 1949 (age 65)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality Argentine
Political party Radical Civic Union
Profession lawyer

Miguel Saiz (born May 17, 1949) is an Argentine politician latterly of the Radical Civic Union (UCR), who served as governor of Río Negro Province from 2003 until 2011.

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Saiz studied at the National University of Córdoba and became a lawyer. He became affiliated with the centrist UCR in 1983, and subsequently directed the National Register of Secured Credit, was Vice President of the Forensic Fund of Río Negro, and President of the SanCor co-operative's insurance division. He was elected Councilman in General Roca in 1989, and mayor of the city in 1991; he wasre-elected in 1995 and served in the post until 1999. He became a provincial deputy that year and was president of the Río Negro chapter of the UCR-led Alliance (in power nationally between 1999 and 2001).

Saiz was elected governor of the province in 2003, defeating Carlos Soria. He became a leading supporter within UCR ranks of the left-wing Peronist President Néstor Kirchner, and helped form the "K Radicals" caucus (UCR supporters of Kirchner).[1]

Saiz ran for re-election against Justicialist Party politician Miguel Ángel Pichetto in the 2007 gubernatorial race. President Kirchner considered backing Saiz at the expense of his own party, though ultimately opted to play no role in the provincial election.[1] Saiz won re-election over Pichetto by around 5% with the support of various leftist parties, and his membership in the UCR was subsequently suspended by the party committee.[2]

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Preceded by
Pablo Verani
Governor of Río Negro
2003—2011
Succeeded by
Carlos Soria