Jorge Santini

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Jorge Santini Padilla
Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico
In office
January 2, 2001 – January 14, 2013
Preceded bySila María Calderón
Succeeded byCarmen Yulín Cruz
Member of the Puerto Rico Senate from the San Juan district
In office
January 2, 1997 – January 2, 2001
Personal details
Born (1960-03-11) March 11, 1960 (age 58)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Spouse(s)Irma Garriga
ChildrenOdette Santini
Jorge Andrés Santini
Amanda Sofía Santini
ProfessionPolitician Attorney

Jorge Santini Padilla (born March 11, 1960) is a Puerto Rican politician who is best known as former Mayor of San Juan City.


In 1975, Santini became a member of the United States Marines Air Cadets Corps, standing out for his leadership, teamwork, and willingness to serve his country.[citation needed] At present, he is Lieutenant Colonel in the Puerto Rico State Guard, assigned to the Judge Advocate General's Corps. On September 18, 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Mayor Santini to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

In 1982 he obtained his bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. In 1987 he graduated from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law. In 1988 he was accepted as a member of the Puerto Rico Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association. He also presided the Attorney Association of the Faculty of Law at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Santini became a partner at the law firm of Miranda Cárdenas & Córdova where he specialized in medical malpractice suits.

He began his public service in 1993, during Pedro Rossello's gubernatorial term, Santini was appointed as his aide in the areas of Health, Social Welfare, and Hiring, as well as serving as the Governor's Legal Aide.[3]

In 2007, he participated in the Summit of the Latin American Council in Honor of educational excellence. There the prize for educational excellence, a master's degree in educational management in Latin America and an honorary doctorate was awarded for commitment to education given by 16 universities, all in recognition of his visionary work establishing the first Municipal school system of Puerto Rico.

Political career[edit]

Senator: 1997–2001[edit]

In 1996, Santini decided to start a political career under the New Progressive Party (PNP). He was elected to the Senate of Puerto Rico at the 1996 general elections representing the District of San Juan. During that term, he served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mayor of San Juan[edit]

Santini entered the race for Mayor of San Juan in 1999 and challenged Senate President Charlie Rodriguez in a PNP primary. Rodríguez had been the choice of the party leadership, but Santini prevailed in the primary. He went on to defeat Popular Democratic Party candidate Eduardo Bhatia in the 2000 elections and sought reelection in 2004 defeating Bhatia for a second time.[4] In his 6th year as Mayor of San Juan, Santini began inaugurating major projects such as the San Juan Natatorium (valued in $28 million), the San Juan Golf Academy, a sports-oriented magnet school and a bilingual municipal magnet school. He also created San Juan's Ronald Reagan Autism-Specialized Day Care Center In 2007, Santini was elected for a third term as Mayor of San Juan but was defeated in the 2012 San Juan mayoral election and left office on January 14, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

A billboard of Santini's family decorates his former campaign headquarters

Santini married Irma Garriga on August 23, 1986. They have three children together: Odette (b. 1987), Jorge Andrés (b. 1996), and Amanda (b. 2003)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States George W. Bush 2002. p. 2233. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ "National Infrastructure Advisory Council, Meeting Agendas" (PDF). Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Perfil del candidato: Jorge Santini". Puerto Rico Herald. October 26, 2000. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Elecciones Generales 2000: Alcalde de San Juan". CEEPUR. August 9, 2001. Retrieved March 7, 2016.[permanent dead link]

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