|Member of Congress|
|Assumed office |
July 27, 2006
|Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation of Peru|
11 March 2019 – 14 April 2019
|Preceded by||Javier Piqué|
17 September 2017 – 2 April 2018
|President||Pedro Pablo Kuczynski|
|Preceded by||Edmer Trujillo|
|Succeeded by||Javier Piqué|
12 July 2002 – 11 August 2005
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Rudecindo Vega|
|Minister of the Presidency of Peru|
28 July 2001 – 12 July 2002
|Preceded by||Emilio Navarro|
|Succeeded by||Office removed|
|Born||February 24, 1957|
|Alma mater||University of Lima|
Carlos Ricardo Bruce Montes de Oca (born 24 February 1957) is a Peruvian politician.
Bruce graduated from the Economic Faculty of the University of Lima. From 1998 to 2000, he was the president of the Peruvian Exporters' association ADEX.
In early 2000 he joined the party We Are Peru of Lima's charismatic mayor Alberto Andrade, which he left later in the same year. In 2001 he became the campaign manager for Possible Peru (PP) of successful presidential candidate Alejandro Toledo in Lima. In President Toledo's administration, Bruce held different important posts: Presidency minister from mid-2001 to mid-2002 and Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation from July 2002 through October 2005. From 2002 to 2005 he was a General secretary of PP party. He was the candidate to Second Vice-President on the party's ticket in the 2006 national election, but the candidacy was withdrawn following disputes between presidential candidate Rafael Belaúnde Aubry and the party's core.
Since September 2005 he has been a member of the party's national political commission. In 2006 Bruce was elected to the Congress representing Lima for the 2006-2011 term. 2010/11 he managed the campaign of Toledo for a second presidential term, endorsed by Possible Peru Alliance with himself being Toledo's running mate as candidate for First vice president. Toledo's presidential bid was unsuccessful, but Carlos Bruce was re-elected Congressman for another 5-year term. On July 29, 2011, he was accused of a dishonor for his political party and has been suspended being independent in congress.
On 11 March 2019, he swore for the third time to the position of Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation in the new Council of Ministers of Martín Vizcarra, presided by Salvador del Solar. Together with Bruce, seven other new ministers were sworn in, forming a joint cabinet. He lasted 34 days in office. On April 14, 2019, he was forced to resign due to open investigations filed by the Prosecutor of the Nation Zoraida Ávalos against him and four other congressmen: Cesar Vásquez, José Palma Mendoza, Clemente Flores Vílchez and Javier Velásquez Quesquén for alleged links to the criminal organization "Los temerarios del crimen" headed by the ex-mayor of Chiclayo David Cornejo.
Bruce, following his introduction of a civil unions bill to Congress and the subsequent questioning of his sexual orientation, came out as gay on 19 May 2014. This makes him the first openly gay member of Congress in Peru.
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- Tegel, Simeon (25 May 2014). "Insults, applause, ridiculousness, Peru's first openly gay congressman has seen it all". pri.org. Public Radio International. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
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