Angelino Garzón

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Garzón and the second or maternal family name is Quintero.
Angelino Garzón
Vicepresidente de Colombia, Angelino Garzón visita a su homólogo ecuatoriano, Lenin Moreno, para firmar convenio s en materia de discapacidades (6083033161).jpg
9th Vice President of Colombia
In office
17 August 2010 – 17 August 2014
President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Preceded by Francisco Santos Calderón
Succeeded by Germán Vargas Lleras
Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations Office at Geneva
In office
29 January 2009 – 9 June 2010
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez
Preceded by Clemencia Forero Ucrós
Succeeded by Alicia Victoria Arango Olmos
69th Governor of Valle del Cauca
In office
1 January 2004 – 1 January 2008
Preceded by Germán Villegas Villegas
Succeeded by Juan Carlos Abadía Campo
26th Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Colombia
In office
18 July 2000 – 7 August 2002
President Andrés Pastrana Arango
Preceded by Gina Magnolia Riaño Barón
Succeeded by Juan Luis Londoño de la Cuesta
Personal details
Born (1946-10-29) 29 October 1946 (age 70)
Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Social Party of National Unity
Other political
Patriotic Union
Spouse(s) Monserrat Muñoz Pipin
Children Jenny Garzón Caicedo
Ángela Sofía Garzón Caicedo
Alma mater Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (BA)
Religion Roman Catholic

Angelino Garzón Quintero (born 29 October 1946) is the former Vice President of Colombia, serving under President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón. He was the 69th Governor of Valle del Cauca from 2004 to 2008, and served as the second Minister of Labour and Social Protection under the administration of President Andrés Pastrana Arango. He was Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations Office at Geneva from 29 January 2009 until his resignation on March 2010, in preparation for his election to the Vice Presidency.


He has been a union leader for many labor union and in many positions among these General Secretary of the Central Union of Workers (Spanish: Central Unitaria de Trabajadores, CUT) between 1981 and 1990. He later ran for congressman and was elected to become part of the Constituent Assembly of Colombia that created the Colombian Constitution of 1991. He also served as Vice President of the Patriotic Union Party.

During the government of President Andrés Pastrana Garzon was appointed Ministry of Labour and Social Protection from 2000 until 2002. He was one of the ministers of Pastrana's administration with a popular positive image. After serving as minister he was proposed running for president but he declined. Garzon then participated as member of the facilitating Commission for the Humanitarian Accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrilla group (FARC).

He then resigned from the commission to postulate his name for Governor of Valle del Cauca Department. He was elected in 2003 with 60.69% of the votes and winning over Carlos Holmes Trujillo and Carlos José Holguín, this last candidate son of former senator Carlos Holguín Sardi.

During his administration as Governor of Valle del Cauca in 2006, he was criticized for a conflict that surged between a CISA S.A. Constructing Consortium in charge of widening and repairing the highway CaliCandelaria but which was never started and CISA S.A. sued the Valle del Cauca Department. Garzon and his cabinet called for a hunger strike to press for the courts for an outcome favorable for the department.

In June 2007 Garzon accompanied President Álvaro Uribe Vélez as part of the presidential delegation that traveled to Washington, D.C. pursuing the approval by the United States Congress of the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement between Colombia and the United States. Senador Jorge Enrique Robledo of the Alternative Democratic Pole party and one of the strongest critics of the trade agreement criticized Garzon and mentioned that Garzon had never been part of the Alternative Democratic Pole party nor he had been affiliated to the parties that formed the alliance Independent Democratic Pole or Democratic Alternative.[1]

In 2014, Garzón was offered the post of Ambassador to Brazil, but rejected it on the grounds that his German Shepherd dog would not be able to adapt to the Brazilian climate.[2]


Around October 2012, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.


  1. ^ POLO Democrático Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Angelino Garzón no ha sido nunca del Polo, explicó el Senador Robledo
  2. ^ Colombian vice-president rejects Brazil job because 'dog would not adapt', at; published 18 March 2014; retrieved 20 March 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Francisco Santos Calderón
Vice President of Colombia
Succeeded by
Germán Vargas Lleras