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|Member of Puerto Rican Senate|
from at-large district
|Assumed office |
January 2, 2017
Juan Manuel Dalmau Ramírez
July 23, 1973
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Political party||Puerto Rican Independence Party|
|Education||University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras (BA, JD)|
Harvard University (LLM)
Juan Manuel Dalmau Ramírez (born July 23, 1973 in San Juan) is a Puerto Rican lawyer and politician. He is an advocate of the Puerto Rican independence ideal, and a member of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) of which he is Secretary General. In 2019 he announced he would be running for governor for a second time in the 2020 elections. He appeared in the general elections held on November 8, 2016 as a candidate of the Puerto Rican Independence Party for the position of Senator At-large, and as such was elected. He is the candidate for Governor of Puerto Rico from the Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño in the 2020 Puerto Rico general elections to be held in November 2020.
Juan Dalmau Ramírez graduated from Colegio Notre Dame High School in Caguas. In 1995 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in political science degree from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), and three years later, in 1998, he acquired his Juris Doctor from the same institution.
While studying at the university he chaired the UPR Political Science Students Association and participated in a legislative internship program with former Senator Rubén Berríos Martínez. Subsequently, as a law student he was editor-in-chief of the Revista Jurídica de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (University of Puerto Rico Law Review) for Volume 67 (1997-1998). Dalmau Ramírez represented the University of Puerto Rico internationally to establish ties of academic collaboration with the UPR Law Review Journal and other Law Schools abroad.
In 1999, he worked as a Law Clerk of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Hon. José Andreu García. That same year he taught an Introduction to Constitutional Law course at the University of Puerto Rico.
In 2000, he obtained his Masters of Law from Harvard University. In 2015, he offered a course in Administrative Law at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico-School of Law in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Juan Dalmau Ramírez is one of the most recognized independence leaders in Puerto Rico. On July 2, 2000 he was arrested along with more than a hundred members of the Puerto Rican Independence Party for acts of civil disobedience on the island-municipality of Vieques. Due to these events, he served a 33-day jail term and, as well as the rest of the PIP militants engaged in civil disobedience, did not recognize the jurisdiction of the Federal Court of the United States in Puerto Rico.
In 2000 he worked as a legislative advisor for Manuel Rodríguez Orellana, the PIP Speaker in the Senate. As part of his work he carried out research work on the preparation of files and political persecution by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency against people and organizations that fight for the freedom and independence of Puerto Rico.
In 2001 he was selected as a member of the Political Commission of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP), occupying the position of Secretary of Municipal Affairs. In 2002, he was named Secretary General of the organization.
In 2003, he was chosen to represent the PIP in the State Elections Commission as Electoral Commissioner, being the youngest person to be appointed to such position.
The Puerto Rican Independence Party General Assembly held on October 23, 2011, selected him as a candidate for governor on general election of November 2012.
In the Party's General Assembly held on December 13, 2015 he was ratified as the candidate to the Senate at-large for the Puerto Rican Independence Party on the general election of November 8, 2016, and was elected Senator at-large.
Currently, Mr. Juan Dalmau Ramírez is Secretary General and the Speaker in the Senate of the Puerto Rican Independence Party.
Dalmau Ramirez is married and has two children.
- Juan Dalmau Ramírez. El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- Latin American and Caribbean Congress in Solidarity with Puerto Rico’s Independence
- Manuel Rodríguez Orellana - PIP Secretary of Relations with North America