Andrés Velásquez

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Andrés Velásquez
41st Governor of Bolívar
In office
Preceded by Pedro Battistini (AD)
Succeeded by Jorge Carvajal (AD)
Personal details
Born Puerto La Cruz
Political party Radical Cause

Andrés Velásquez is a Venezuelan politician associated with Radical Cause (La Causa Radical). Formerly the general secretary of the steelworkers union of SIDOR,[1] he became one of the leaders of Radical Cause after the death of its founder, Alfredo Maneiro, in 1982. He was the governor of Bolívar State from 1989 to 1995, and a member of the National Assembly of Venezuela from 2000 to 2006. In the Venezuelan regional elections, 2000 he ran unsuccessfully for the governorship of Anzoátegui state.

He was Radical Cause's candidate in the Venezuelan presidential election, 1993, coming fourth with 22% of the vote; Rafael Caldera became President with 30.5%. He had also been Radical Cause's candidate in the 1983 election and 1988 election, gaining less than 1% of the vote.

In the Venezuelan regional elections, 2008 he ran again for governor of Bolívar state, coming second with 30% of the vote.


  1. ^ Damarys Canache, Michael R. Kulisheck (1998), Reinventing legitimacy: democracy and political change in Venezuela, Greenwood Publishing Group. p84