María de Lourdes Ramos Rivera

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Lourdes Ramos Rivera
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Cámara de Representantes de Puerto Rico
At-large Member of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico
Assumed office
January 2, 2005
Preceded by Severo E. Colberg Toro
In office
March 26, 1996 – January 2, 2001
Preceded by Jorge L. Navarro Alicea
Succeeded by Ferdinand Pérez Román
Majority Whip of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico
In office
January 2, 2005 – January 2, 2009
Preceded by Héctor Ferrer Ríos (PPD)
Succeeded by Angel Pérez Otero (PNP)
Personal details
Born María de Lourdes Ramos Rivera
(1960-08-06) August 6, 1960 (age 56)
Juncos, Puerto Rico
Political party New Progressive
Residence Juncos, Puerto Rico
Religion Catholic

Maria de Lourdes Ramos Rivera is a Puerto Rican politician who currently serves in the Puerto Rican House of Representatives, elected at-large.[1]

Early years and studies[edit]

Ramos was born in Juncos, Puerto Rico on August 6, 1960. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico, with a major as Executive Secretary.

Public service[edit]

Ramos began her career as Secretary of the Municipal Assembly of Juncos. In 1991, she was appointed as member of the Women's Affair Commission by then Governor Pedro Rosselló.

Political career[edit]

In 1995, Ramos successfully presented her candidacy to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico due to the resignation of Representative Jorge L. Navarro Alicea. Ramos was sworn in on March 26, 1996 as a Representative At-large under the New Progressive Party (PNP), becoming the first female from Juncos to occupy the position.

Ramos was officially elected in the 1996 general election, where she was the representative who received the most votes of all 11 winning candidates.[2] In 1997, the Citizen Action Committee of Carolina gave her the Jesús T. Piñero Award. Still, after one term, Ramos was defeated for re-election at the 2000 general election, where she was the candidate with the least votes.[3]

Ramos returned to the House of Representatives in 2004.[4] After being sworn in, she was selected by her party as Majority Whip for that term.

After being reelected in 2008, Ramos was appointed to preside the House Retirement Systems Committee. She was also a member of the House Government, Municipal Affairs, Consumer Affairs, and Education and Cooperativism Committees.[5]

Ramos was reelected for a fourth term in 2012.[6]