Rodrigo Rivera Salazar

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Rodrigo Rivera Salazar
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Colombia Ambassador to Belgium
Incumbent
Assumed office
13 December 2011
President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Preceded by Carlos Holmes Trujillo García
Colombia Ambassador to Luxembourg
Incumbent
Assumed office
28 March 2012
President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Preceded by Carlos Holmes Trujillo García
Colombia Ambassador to European Union
Incumbent
Assumed office
18 January 2012
President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Preceded by Carlos Holmes Trujillo García
Minister of National Defence of Colombia
In office
7 August 2010 – 5 September 2011
President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Preceded by Gabriel Silva Luján
Succeeded by Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno
Senator of Colombia
In office
20 July 1998 – 20 July 2006
Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia
In office
20 July 1990 – 20 July 1998
Constituency Risaralda Department
President of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia
In office
20 July 1996 – 20 July 1997
Preceded by Álvaro Benedetti Vargas
Succeeded by Giovanni Lamboglia Mazzilli
Personal details
Born (1963-04-20) 20 April 1963 (age 52)
Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Party of the U
Other political
affiliations
Liberal
Spouse(s) Claudia Carrasquilla (1993-present)
Children Sara Rivera Carrasquilla
Manuella Rivera Carrasquilla
Alma mater Free University of Pereira
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic (1963-2003)
Evangelical (2003- present)
Signature Signature of Rodrigo Rivera Salazar
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rivera and the second or maternal family name is Salazar.

José Rodrigo Rivera Salazar (born 20 April 1963)[1] is a Colombian politician. A lawyer, and journalist by trade, Rivera served in the Congress first as a Member of the Chamber of Representatives for two terms from 1990 to 1998,[2] and then as Senator of Colombia for two terms from 1998 to 2006,[2] when he retired from Congress to run, ultimately unsuccessfully, for the 2006 Liberal presidential nomination. In 2010, Rivera was appointed Minister of National Defence of Colombia by President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and served until his resignation the following year.

Fresh out of College, he was elected Councilman to the Pereira City Council at the age of 20 and served on it until 1989,[2] during this time he also worked as Professor of Constitutional Law at his alma mater, the Free University of Pereira, and wrote as a columnist for the nationally syndicated newspaper of El Espectador, and the local newspaper La Tarde.[3] In 1997 he was recognized by the Junior Chamber International as an Outstanding Young Persons of the World for his work as President of the Chamber of Representatives during the impeachment trial against President Ernesto Samper Pizano.[4] In 2003 he was elected President of the Colombia Liberal Party Directorate. In 2007, in his first break from politics, he attended the Washington College of Law as a Humphrey Fellow, specializing in Economic Development and Human Rights.[5]

On 31 August 2011, President Santos announced the resignation of Minister Rivera and offered him the post of Ambassador of Colombia to Belgium that is concurrently accredited to Luxembourg and the European Union.[6] His appointment is pending confirmation while the receiving countries send their letters of approval, and he remains Minister of National Defence until his successor, Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno is sworn in.

Minister of Defence[edit]

Upon his return to Colombia in 2009, Rivera supported the controversial proposal for a third presidential term for President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, an action that led him to step down from the ranks of the Liberal Party and join the Social Party of National Unity or "Party of the U" to more openly support Uribe.[7] When it was announced that Uribe would not run for re-election because of the ruling passed down by Constitutional Court of Colombia, Rivera threw his support behind Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, Uribe's Minister of Defence and presidential nominee for the Party of the U, becoming the Political Manager of Santo's campaign.[8]

When Santos won the Colombian presidential election, 2010, he named Rivera Minister of National Defence on 28 July 2010,[9] pending his inauguration into office, and when this took place on 7 August 2010, Rivera was sworn in as the new Minister of National Defence.

Selected works[edit]

  • Rivera Salazar, Rodrigo (2001). Hacia Un Nuevo Federalismo Para Colombia [Towards a New Federalism in Colombia] (in Spanish). Bogotá: La Oveja Negra. ISBN 978-958-06-1001-4. OCLC 253354347. 
  • Rivera Salazar, Rodrigo (2004). Colombia Fragmentada: El Siguiente Paso: Un Nuevo Consenso Por Lo Social [Colombia Fragmented: The Next Step: A New Social Consensus] (in Spanish). Bogotá: La Oveja Negra. ISBN 978-958-06-1060-1. OCLC 56723192. 

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