|Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology|
8 January 2016
|Preceded by||Manuel Fernández Meléndez|
|Vice President of Venezuela|
19 April 2013 – 6 January 2016
Acting: 8 March 2013 – 19 April 2013
|Preceded by||Nicolás Maduro|
|Succeeded by||Aristóbulo Istúriz|
|Minister of Science and Technology|
27 November 2011 – 19 April 2013
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Manuel Fernández Meléndez|
|Born||Jorge Alberto Arreaza Monserrat
6 June 1973
|Political party||United Socialist Party of Venezuela|
|Spouse(s)||Rosa Virginia Chavez Colmenares|
Jorge Alberto Arreaza Monserrat (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxorxe alˈberto areˈasa monseˈra(t)]) (born 6 June 1973) is a Venezuelan politician who has held several important positions in the administration of President Hugo Chávez and his successor Nicolás Maduro. Arreaza was appointed Vice President of Venezuela and served from 2013 to 2016. He previously served as Minister of Science and Technology from 2011 to 2013. He became Chavez's son-in-law in 2007, after marrying Chavez's eldest daughter, Rosa Virginia. Throughout the final stages of Chavez's illness, Arreaza served as unofficial spokesman of the Chavez family.
Education and early career
Born in Caracas, Jorge Arreaza received a degree in international studies from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and was awarded a scholarship by the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Foundation during the 1990s, which allowed him to earn a master's degree in European Policy Studies at University of Cambridge, England. At UCV, he also worked as a journalist and university teacher, in addition to working as an announcer and interviewer on several public television venues in Venezuela, and as host of the television show Diálogo abierto.
Arreaza has dismissed the opposition criticisms that the government is using the army to promote an ideology, which is against the 1999 constitution, saying "the military are Chávez-militants who will guarantee the socialist model in Venezuela".
- Boon, Lisseth (12 July 2011). "Cinco cosas que no sabía sobre el ministro Jorge Arreaza (Five things you did not know about the minister Jorge Arreaza)". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- Noticias 24 Venezuela (8 March 2013). "Perfil de Jorge Arreaza, designado nuevo Vicepresidente de la República (Profile of Jorge Arreaza, appointed new Vice President)". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- Lozano, Daniel; James G. Garcia. "Jorge Arreaza: Yerno de Chávez y hombre emergente en el chavismo". Univision.com. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- Arreaza insists that the Venezuelan armed forces are pro-Chávez (Notitarde, in Spanish)