Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento

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Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento
Senator of Colombia
In office
20 July 2008 – 20 July 2010
In office
20 July 1986 – 1 February 1992
24th Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations
In office
18 September 1998 – 14 January 2003
President Andrés Pastrana Arango
Preceded by Julio Londoño Paredes
Succeeded by María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar
2nd Attorney General of Colombia
In office
17 August 1994 – 8 May 1997
Nominated by César Gaviria Trujillo
Preceded by Gustavo de Greiff Restrepo
Succeeded by Alfonso Gómez Méndez
Colombia Ambassador to Israel
In office
1 February 1992 – 20 March 1993
President César Gaviria Trujillo
Succeeded by Patricio Samper Gnecco
Colombian Minister of National Education
In office
16 August 1990 – 16 November 1991
President Virgilio Barco Vargas
Succeeded by Carlos Holmes Trujillo
Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia
In office
20 July 1982 – 20 July 1986
Constituency Santander Department
Personal details
Born (1949-10-02) 2 October 1949 (age 67)
Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Radical Change (2006-present)
Other political
New Liberalism
Spouse(s) Marta Cecilia León Reyes (1983-present)
Relations Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento (cousin)
Children Sergio Valdivieso León
Camilo Valdivieso León
Alma mater Pontifical Xavierian University (LLB)
Boston University (MA)
Profession Lawyer, Economist
Religion Roman Catholic

Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento (born 2 October 1949)[1] is a Colombian lawyer and politician.


Alfonso Sarmiento was born in Bucaramanga, Santander to Roberto Valdivieso Sarmiento and Mercedes Sarmiento Suárez.[2] He attended Divino Niño school and San Pedro Claver school. After graduating from Instituto Tecnológico Santandereano, he moved to Bogotá. He attended Pontifical Xavierian University where he graduated in Law with a concentration in Socio-Political Sciences. Afterwards he moved to the United States where he received a Master of Arts in Global Development Economics (MA GDE) from Boston University, and advanced studies in Urban and Regional Development at Toronto University.[3][4]

He is the cousin of the late Luis Carlos Galán, who was assassinated when he was 39 years old.

Political and diplomatic career[edit]

As the 2nd Attorney General of Colombia, he brought charges and stood against the administration of Ernesto Samper Pizano during the Proceso 8000. He served as the 24th Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations and as Ambassador of Colombia to Israel. A Radical Change party politician, he was elected Representative and Senator in the Congress of Colombia, and served as Minister of National Education under the administration of Virgilio Barco Vargas.[5]


  1. ^ "Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  2. ^ Osorio Osma, Ramiro (1996). Genealogías de Santander [Genealogies of Santander] (in Spanish). Bogotá: Giro. ISBN 978-958-9004-47-0. OCLC 253327151. 
  3. ^ Hoyos, José Fernando (1997-05-17). "Alfonso Valdivieso, El Animal Político" [Alfonso Valdivieso, The Political Animal]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  4. ^ "Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento" (in Spanish). Congreso Visible. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  5. ^ "El poder en Colombia: Los Cien Personajes Mas Influyentes de Colombia" [Power In Colombia: The Hundred Most Influential Characters in Colombia]. Dinero (in Spanish). Revista Semana. 1995-01-05. ISSN 0798-3522. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 

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